Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mara joined the Artist Boat team in August 2018. Mara’s love for wildlife and education has led her to some incredible experiences, starting with obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in wildlife ecology information and education. She has worked as a zookeeper, providing care for a wide variety of species: from tarantulas to tigers, grey wolves to great horned owls, and black bears to black rhinos. Mara has also worked as an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist, teaching a broad audience about the complex conservation issues that species and ecosystems are facing worldwide.
Mara is constantly inspired by the beauty of the natural world and uses art to further connect herself with it. In her free time, Mara enjoys hiking, painting, photographing wildlife and landscapes, embroidery, watching the sunset, and exploring new places.