“Nature is all inspiring,” according to artist Mara Lehmann. “To be in the country, among the mountains, trees, and blue sky is magnificent. It’s the beauty before me that I try to capture. Nature is my source of inspiration.” Mara has been painting since the age of 10. Family travels and escapes to the country proved to be fertile subject matter for her work. Even as a young child she realized that nature was her canvas. Be it a farm in winter, bales of hay in the fall, autumn leaves, South Lake in spring, or Olana. Mara endeavors to capture the beauty and serenity of the countryside, using subdued colors, forceful tones and shifting lights and shadows. Before moving to the Catskills some 20 years ago, Mara worked in the New York metropolitan area as a textile designer and graphic design artist. With a master’s degree in education from Columbia University, Mara enjoys teaching and inspiring other artists. Mara has shown extensively in the metropolitan area and has been the recipient of numerous awards from Cork Gallery, the Avery Fisher Hall, NY, Salmagundi Club, NY and the Manhattan Art Club, to name a few.