Q+A: Mara Stone

Take a trip back in time with Mara Stone. Her love affair with all things vintage surfaces in stark painting of Golden Age film stars, rock ‘n roll legends, and pinup girls.

How would you describe your style?

 I would describe it as somewhere between Fauvism and Post Impressionism. 

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

I am an animal lover, so I’ve always been fond of painting dogs, and that is where many of my commissions come from. Currently, however, I’m obsessed with people and doing a serious of TV and movie stars from the 1930s to the 1960s, with a few modern actors thrown in.

What medium(s) do you work in?

Acrylic.

How has your process evolved?

I started out painting with Bob Ross in my living room at the age of 12! I didn’t pick up a brush again ’til nearly 40, but my husband encouraged me to not only get back to it but to use better quality tools and paints, and the investment has certainly paid off. I have a small studio in my home where I can go, close the door, and lose myself to the outside world.

What got you started creating art?

I grew up surrounded by artistic people in my family – poetic, creative, expressive men and women who have been supportive and nurturing. My dad built my first easel for me when he saw I had an interest in painting, and I was off and running from there.

What artists influence your work?

To be honest, that changes week to week! I seem to go through phases, and right now, artists like Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley are influencing my work, even though they aren’t painters. If you asked about my all-time favorite however, I would say Paul Cezanne.

"My dad built my first easel for me when he saw I had an interest in painting, and I was off and running from there."

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