I started a collection on endemic Hawaiian Birds. I previously had a commission to paint the I’iwi  but now decided to continue to expand to help create awareness on these beautiful birds.
This time I painted the Hawaiian goose known as Nene, the Hawaiian State bird. One of Nene’s favorite food are the berries of a a small shrub called Ohelo ‘ai which is also endemic to Hawaii, also represented in this panting.

Crystal River

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.” Revelation 22:1-2

Crystal River – work in progress

Mokulua islands


“Na Mokulua” in Hawaiian means “The Two Islands”.

Also known as the “Twin Islands”  they are part of the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary. The islands are located on the Windward side of Oahu about .75 miles off Lanikai beach and are accessible from an enjoyable kayak ride. Lanikai is one of the most scenic beaches in Hawaii, the turquoise water with the twin islands on the horizon make a perfect postcard setting.

JSDA mural

JSDA_mural_by_MaraBranco After one year of starting this big project I have the opportunity to announce its inauguration November 7th at 5:00 p.m. at Honolulu Japanese SDA Church 2655 Manoa Road Honolulu, Hawaii

School seal – mural






Iiwi is a native bird in the Hawaiian Islands. Its feathers were cherished
by the Hawaiians that used them to make feather cloaks, helmets and other ornaments for the leaders and rulers of Hawaii.
Nowadays is listed as a threatened specie due to habitat loss and introduced diseases.




Roses forever


Five roses with lots of love! I received a very precious bouquet that I wanted to keep forever.
In the beginning they looked fresh and smelled good. The fragrance usually goes away quickly and the water that I kept changing was not going to prevented the fact that the flowers were going to fade their colors and eventually die. I wanted to do something! There’s always a way to keep precious things and moments alive, as long it is our will. And I was determined to not throw away my five precious roses. What did I do?
I decided to make a painting with my five roses. And to do that, I first let the bouquet dry completely. Once the roses were dry I cut and aligned them in the configuration that I wanted. Only then I decided the size of the cardboard. The cardboard was used as the surface of my painting and was covered with paper and glue to have a stronger and thicker surface. After applying the primary paint I used acrylic to paint the background. I also applied  some paint to the roses and leafs before gluing them. In the end I sprayed everything with varnish and hung it on the wall. Oh… Thats right! I had to glue two frame hooks in the top corners in the back. Voila!






kohola_by_mara_brancoThis painting depicts the return of the graceful “Kohola” to Hawaii, where they have the first breach as a calve.
“Kohola” is the hawaiian word for humpback whale. These whales were respected by the ancient Hawaiians as a family god.

Humpback whales travel from Alaska to Hawaiian waters where they stay during the winter to breed and nurse their calves. Hawaii is the best place in the world to see this amazing creatures and enjoy the spectacular splash after every breach. The words to describe these moments are always … woooow. The waters between the islands of Maui and Lanai are particularly spectacular to see the whales during the winter time.