About Mariana

Mariana’s practice of art began in the 1980’s when she first explored watercolors during a break in her medical career.  Over the years since, she has participated in multiple art shows and achieved accomplishments (including several art awards) in watercolors.  In the last five years, her work began to incorporate acrylics, collage techniques. Over the years, she has studied in multiple venues, including the Corcoran School of Art, the Maryland College of Art and Design, the Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, as well as taking private instruction with many well regarded art teachers and mentors in the US.

Her  goal is to create realistic and semi-abstract paintings and jewelry  that include making artful use of (or “upcycling”) discardable materials.

Mariana's work reflects a fascination with the interaction between light and natural elements, as well as the colors, textures and patterns emanating from that interaction.  Her art reflects her perception of light’s effects on nature-inspired forms and textures, as they are displayed  across the seasons and hours of the day.  Her current paintings, collages and monoprints (gelatin plate prints) make use of uniquely cut stencils, hand-carved stamps as well as hand-painted and embellished tissue and semitransparent papers. 

Mariana has been the recipient of art awards and her work has been displayed in many spaces in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  She also teaches watercolors, mixed media and gelatin printing at her studio in Rockville.  Her works are held in private collections in the DC area as well as in New York, Boston, and Greece, among other locations.  She appreciates your interest in her work and hopes you enjoy viewing it as much as she enjoyed making it.     

Getting in Touch

Contact Mariana with any inquiries you have via email or phone. 
Visits to Mariana's studio are always welcome.  She is at the Stone Tower, 2nd floor, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD 20812


Contact Mariana

Stone Tower (aka Chautauqua Tower), 2nd floor, Glen Echo Park

7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812

Email: MKastrin@gmail.com