These prints are just a small selection of Mara's work. They are all Giclee printed on Acid Free 240 gsm Fine Art Smooth Paper, double mounted and wrapped in cellophane.
Mara McGregor was born in Malaysia, the only daughter of a rubber planter, and moved to South Africa when she was three, where she grew up under the influence of her fatherâ€™s commercial art studios. Mara excelled at Art while at school but never thought of making it a career as she was interested in acting and singing. She later moved to East Africa to join her parents and while there, she met her husband Alan, an ex Battle of Britain pilot. They came to England in 1950 and Alan rejoined the RAF in 1952.
Trying to establish herself as an artist was not an easy task being a serving Officerâ€™s wife as she was continually on the move. However, when stationed in Scotland, she painted a picture of Kenneth McKellar which was displayed in a House of Fraser store. As a result of this, Mara was asked to paint two grand-daughters of Lady Fraser of Allander and she was so delighted with them that it resulted in an introduction to Harrods who held a large exhibition for her from which several commissions resulted.
She was then commissioned to paint Black Rod for RAF Cranwell which led to her being commissioned to paint her first Royal portrait of HRH The Prince of Wales while he was a student at the RAF College.
“ She has been privileged to paint three portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and two of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, as well as HRH Princess Anne and other members of the Royal family. ”
One of her pictures, a full size portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was commissioned to hang in the Houses of Parliament in Sydney, Australia and she and Alan were flown over for the unveiling.
Mara later branched out into painting horses which were very well received and she went from strength to strength in this field and soon there were many exciting commissions including being flown to Kentucky for a working holiday to paint. She was also asked to paint Aldaniti after he won the Grand National in 1981 and she donated a painting of Aldaniti's head for auction at the Aldaniti's Ball in aid of the Bob Champion Cancer charity.
After Alan died in 1997 Mara found it difficult to continue her work as he had not only been her husband but he was also her business partner and more importantly her support and encouragement. She did however start again a couple of years later with a painting of a bluebell woods which she did for her own enjoyment rather than a commission and she thoroughly enjoyed painting again. She branched out yet again and in 2004 she flew to Kenya with Wildlife Worldwide to take part in a safari celebrating the Festival of Wildlife. She produced two beautiful paintings, one of a cheetah with her cub and one of a lion cub which she donated to be auctioned for David Shepherd's World Wildlife Fund.
Mara sadly now suffers from ill health and is no longer able to paint but is thrilled to be able to share her work through this website.