Blank 140 x 140 mm gift card made from non-recycled card stock printed with soy-based ink with 100% recycled paper envelope, featuring Margaret Mara's 2009 artwork Fish spawning

As a mother of eight and grandmother to four, Margaret Mara’s painting ability is obviously coupled with a talent for time management. Working around a busy schedule, Margaret, born 1966, produces a steady flow of paintings for exhibition. In 2005 she became frustrated and unsatisfied with realist painting and found comfort with a more contemporary and abstract style. Drawing inspiration from the immediate events in her life, Margaret reflects on many other areas as inspiration: the environment, family stories, living in the Cape, emotions and anything else that has direct effect on her as an individual. Belonging to an extremely creative family from the Weipa region, Margaret’s desire to establish her artistic career as a full time profession seems a natural progression. Margaret has paintings in many private collections nationally and internationally and in the collections of businesses such as Rio Tinto and the Queensland Public Service Office in Brisbane.

Artwork details: Fish spawning, 2009, etching printed in two colours from two plates on Hahnemühle off white 300 GSM paper, edition of 30, 166 x 246 mm. Collaborative printer: Dian Darmansjah. Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking.

Artwork story: This work depicts a school of fish spawning.