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.
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 is in the Cambridge University Institute of Astonomy Observatory and can be seen online at http://artuk.org; another 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.