About the Artist
Mara Orenstein is a passionate observer of the natural world. Mara started drawing and painting at a young age, in watercolor and graphite pencil. In high school, they focused on drawing to explore relationships between the visual arts and music using mediums of charcoal, collage and acrylic painting. Mara moved on to achieve a bachelor’s of arts in environmental studies, specializing in ecological systems, from Seattle University in 2018. While studying abroad in southern Chile, Mara became fascinated with field drawing, reigniting their childhood dream of becoming an artist. In 2019, Mara was accepted to the University of Washington’s Natural Science Illustration program for a year-long immersion into natural history illustration, scientific drafting, and botanical art. Mara now lives as an artist and musician in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, crafting a style in oil painting, ink drawing, and calligraphy to encourage viewers to see the world around them in an entirely humble, compassionate, and interdependent way.