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Mara Light, 1970

Mara Light was born in New York, and raised in Southern California from the age of three.
She comes from a family of visual artists.
"Painting seemed very natural to me since my early years growing up", says Mara.
She considers herself extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be around parents who look at the world in an artistic, visual way.
She was encouraged, and at times pushed, to make her very personal artistic expression part of her life.

She recalls a point after graduating high school when her mother encouraged her to go ahead with college at the local art school, and they would make it work.
So many student loans later, she received her BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,very close to home.
Mara's focus at the Art Center was conceptual art in the Fine Art department.

She explored installations using nature as her medium of choice.
Painting was in the background, as within the conceptual art boundaries, learning the critical and aesthetic understanding of painting and drawing for a distinct artistic vision, was not part of the curriculum.

She did however fit in some drawing and a few painting classes, as, she began in the Illustration Department.
In the years after college, she had various art related jobs while painting in her spare time whenever possible.
During her formidable painting years, she worked full time in a photo-realistic style as part of a job for six years.
This was a big change from her expressive brush strokes that came naturally.

"I was very free in painting and it came to me easy from the start", she remembers.
"There was an incredible high that was specific to painting".
To unblock from the almost six years of realism, is still a work in progress, twelve years later.
"I have had to unlearn everything I taught myself" says Mara.
Once she realized that painted in such a realistic way was not considered true painting, it was a big disappointing reality, as she knew the road ahead would take years of patience and perseverance.

While continually learning about painting every day, she does not restrict herself to a single technique or material.
She has found that different materials generate ideas, concepts, and metaphors she wishes to explore.
Light has had continuous representation and exhibition with many galleries including Park Gallery and Classic Gallery in Carmel California, and Brennen Galleries with locations in Palm desert, California, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, among others.

Her paintings have been commissioned by dozens of private and public collectors and featured in charity events and Cultural Centers.
She is slowly gaining worldwide recognition from Saatchi Art Online and has been featured by the curators there several times.
Mara’s greatest hope is to continue to produce art that connects with people and stimulates ideas.

Mara Light è nata a Brooklyn, New York da genitori artisti.
Il suo percorso artistico è iniziato molto presto in casa.
I suoi genitori le hanno insegnato a guardare le cose come un'artista e l'hanno incoraggiata a sviluppare la sua creatività.
Già da adolescente cominciò a comprendere la straordinaria influenza che l'arte avrebbe avuto nella sua vita.
L'obiettivo della Mara Light è catturare un momento di pura emozione, un sentimento ricevuto dalla persona che sta dipingendo.

Il risultato è un'opera dipinta piena di sensualità, intimità o solitudine.
Oltre alla natura emotiva dei suoi dipinti, la luce ed il colore sono le componenti essenziali del suo lavoro.
In primo piano osserviamo innanzitutto gli effetti di luce che suggeriranno le forme.

Il colore viene poi applicato su diversi tessuti ricchi o fluidi ed ariosi.
Grazie a questo procedimento la superficie dipinta viene messa in risalto.
Le sue opere fanno parte di collezioni private e pubbliche.