Mary Irma Lara
Mary Irma Lara has been drawing and painting as a self-taught artist since her youth. After spending around thirty years in a bank, she returned to her first love, art, and sought mentorship from renowned and well-established artists to refine her skills. She has showcased her artwork in various prestigious local and international venues, including ArtistSpace at the Ayala Museum (in the exhibition "Quattro," a four-woman show in 2018), Fabriano, Italy (Fabriano In Aquarello, annually from 2018-2023), Exposition France Poland 2022, Vietnam in Aquarello 2024, and International Watercolor Society Biennale art shows in Hong Kong, Albania, Nepal, and Indonesia. She has also participated in the 32nd Kulay Sa Tubig Watercolor Competition in 2020, exhibiting her works alongside other watercolor artists, and continues to be invited to compete and exhibit. Despite the pandemic, Irma remained productive, with several of her works showcased by various groups on digital platforms. Some of these exhibitions aimed to raise funds to support frontliners and communities in need.
Irma is a member of the Tuesday Artists Group, led by her mentor, renowned visual artist Eileen Escueta, as well as the Filipino Portrait Artists Guild (FILPAG), Philippine Pastel Artists, Philippine Botanical Art Society, Philippine Fauna Art Society, and Urban Sketchers Manila.