Barbara and Henry. Italian Carrara marble shipped to Cambridge from the quarry. Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore are both known for their 'pierced form' sculpture otherwise known as the hole. Barbara got there first and Henry followed quickly on. My large maternal figure of Barbara contains the embryonic Henry with his large eye.
Eve. Italian Carrara marble. In September 2007 I attended a course in Carrara under the tutelage of Boutros Romhein for which I received a certificate. Eve will forever be associated with the apple.
The Acropolis Hunting Dog. Alabaster. This is based on the ancient, battered relic of a hunting dog to be found in the Acropolic Museum, Athens.
Hera. Onyx. Wife of Zeus, Queen of Olympus. Greek Goddess associated with family, women and children. Onyx is a brittle stone to carve, known for its strata of colours and luminous transparency.
Angel flies with a small baby. Made from pink Portuguese marble which is a very hard stone that withstands rain, hail and cold.
The Dancer. Polyphant. A soft soapstone quarried in Cornwall. Lovely when polished, full of specks of colour.
Xerxes. Polyphant. Cornish soapstone. Xerxes the Great. Leader of Persian Empire who invaded Greece from Hellespont. Defeated in battles of Thermopylae and Salamis.
My artist page painting is a montage of Monemvasia, a medieval castle town carved out of the slopes of a rock and set on an island on the east of the Peloponnese. Oil on canvas 61cm x 76cm.
Koundriotis House is the ochre coloured mansion on Hydra built in 1780 by the the largest shipowner in the Mediterranean, Lazaros Koundouriotis. Oil on canvas 28cm x 35cm. The Koundouriotis family featured prominently in the Greek War of Independence.
Early Spring, Port Kagio, Greece. This painting is the result of a Spring trip to the wildest part of the Mani Peninsula. It is enroute to Cape Matapan/Tainaron, home to a temple to Poseidon and believed to be one of the gateways into Hades. Oil on canvas 30.5cm x 23cm.
The Sardine speaks for itself. Oil on canvas. 20cm x 20cm.
Mario. A mean Italian. Oil on canvas. 23cm x 30.5cm.
Lunch at Ermione (Hermione). Ermioni is a small port on the Peloponnese, opposite Hydra, and the scene of many a lunch waiting for your ship to come in. In Ancient Greece Ermioni was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen of Troy. Acrylic on board. 65cm x 50cm framed.
Dessert speaks for itself. Acrylic on board. 53 cm x 68cm framed.
Hydra vine. One of the many lovely scenes on a walk up from Kamini, over the top and then down to the port of Hydra, without a car anywhere. Oil on box canvas. 30.5cm x 40.5cm
Methana. A small hut on the volcanic peninsula of Methana. Part of the Peloponnese, opposite Hydra, Aegina, Poros. Neo-classical thermal baths nearby and abandoned large Art-deco hotel. Oil on canvas. 20.5cm x 26cm.
Papaya after Berthe-Hoola-Van-Nooten. This is a copy of a famous painting by this Dutch botanical artist. I painted it whilst staying in Singapore in an atmospheric hut situated by a lake. Acrylic on canvas. 46cm x 62cm.
Fairytale in the woods. Silver birches always look great against a dark background and the twirly leaves speak of enchantment. Acrylic on board. 40cm x 61cm.
A rougher more watery walk in the silver birch wood. Acrylic on cardboard. 22.5cm x 30.5cm.
Murray Edwards College dome peeping through the leaves. Acrylic on canvas. 20cm x 20cm.
The University of Cambridge Observatory is an oil painting in the form of a montage. It is on permanent loan to the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy.
The Wells-next-to-sea triptych is a large acrylic painting on board with real sand for the beach itself. It is in Cambridge North Academy.
July Open Studios
Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Mara spent her early years in South Kensington before moving to Brighton on the South Coast. After short spells in Greece and Surrey, she moved to Cambridge, where she still lives and works today.
Whilst having a professional career as a barrister, Mara has always liked to paint, and in recent years has started experimenting with stonecarving as well. Her ongoing love for Greece has led her to paint the picturesque island of Hydra, besides many dramatic scenes from the Peloponnese and other striking locations. Her painting portrays classic aspects of traditional Greek life, besides details and depictions of nature and vernacular architecture. She also paints elements from landscapes in Great Britain, besides close-ups and textures from the natural world, and portraits of family and friends.
She enjoys using acrylics, largely due to the versatility of the medium, plus their fast-drying and plastic properties. She also likes the engaging effects of oils, with their more subtle appeal to the eye, and her paintings often mix the two. Her stonecarvings have so far been in Carrara marble, alabaster and polyphant.
One of her paintings of Cambridge University Observatory is on permanent loan to the Cambridge University Institute of Astonomy and can be seen online at artuk.org or on the COS artist's page. Another painting is in the educational location of North Cambridge Academy, where her triptych of a Norfolk beach hut brings a glimpse of seaside life into the school.