Mara Orenstein is a scientific illustrator and artist rooted in the Pacific Northwest. She's been drawing since childhood and always had a fascination with nature and music. Mara achieved a bachelor's of arts degree from Seattle University in Environmental Studies, with a specialization in Ecological Systems in 2018. While abroad in southern Chile during the austral summer of 2017, she studied and connected with the regional flora and fauna through drawing. Mara joined the University of Washington's Natural Science Illustration program in the fall of 2019 for a year-long immersion into natural history illustration, scientific drafting, and botanical art. Mara joined the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators - Northwest in 2023.
Currently, Mara is vending at art shows around the Northwest, while continuing to craft her own style in oil painting, pen & ink drawing, and calligraphy. She has taken up an amateur study in Lepidoptera from a home studio in the temperate coastal rainforest of the PNW, and plays rhythm bones in the old time band Foraging and the Rattling Bones. As with all her art forms, Mara encourages her audience to see the world around them in an entirely humble, compassionate, and interdependent way.