Mara Diop ~ Victoria, Australia
Namaste, My name is Mara Diop
I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, my family migrated to Australia where I have grown up since I was 6 years old.
Since a young age I always loved to draw, paint and create. I always did well at any subjects at school that required creativity.
I always said when I was young that I wanted to be an artist, sadly at the time I didn’t believe enough in myself to take it any further than high school.
I started painting in 2006 when my youngest child was 3 years old just for fun. At the time I was painting what was popular at the time and selling them on ebay. It was a means for a few extra dollars whilst staying home to raise my daughter.
In 2009 my second daughter was born, my children became my priority and I found I had not the time or inclination to paint.
Whilst expecting my third child in 2010, a series of events occurred in my life that would change me and my outlook on life forever. Struggling to cope with life, love and motherhood I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was during this time that I found myself waking at 2.22am, 3.33am etc. I would get up and find somewhere quiet where I would close my eyes, sit, breathe, pray and meditate. It was then that I began to find my spiritual side and see flashes and images when my eyes were closed, one of the things I saw was myself painting. And so I did, I bought a canvas, paints, brushes and the next time when I awoke at 4.44am, I shut my eyes, picked up my brush and felt that I was surrounded by my guides. It was then that my painting “Enlightened” began, I still remember going to bed when the sun was rising and waking up amazed at what I had started to create.! She had a depth and an energy that was unlike any of my earlier artworks. Many have told me that she resembles me and deep down I feel she is me, my higher self. I began listening more to my intuition and helping others. I volunteered to do some tarot and photo readings online and was surprised at their accuracy and the positive feedback.
I am the proud mother of 3 beautiful children, I am a self taught, spiritual and intuitive artist, I have never had any formal training or art classes/workshops. When I start to create a painting I am guided to choose the colours, and rarely plan what it is that I am going to paint. I believe that art should not only be admired but it should also have a healing quality. My artwork has its unique energy and colour therapy.
I paint mixed media, mainly acrylic, watercolour pencils on canvas. My channelled images are embellished with gemstones, crystals, mirrors, sequins, gold leaf, recycled jewellery, glitter and dimensional paint, they have a three dimensional feeling to them as I believe it makes the artwork come alive and shouldn’t just be admired on the wall but touched by the hand. My artwork has been described as unique, spiritual, magical, captivating, enlightening, breathtaking and alive. I am an empath, intuitive photo reader, tarot cards, oracle cards and recently clairaudient and psychic.
Thank you for welcoming me here, I hope you will love my artwork as much as I have loved creating it.