Maureen Cantara is best known for her layered acrylic paintings that incorporate granite, charcoal, soft pastel and oil stick, which have been blended, rubbed, and mixed together, guided by a quest for balance.

Common themes depicted in her work are abstract landscapes, inspired by the ever-changing beauty of the rocky Maine coastline of her youth, and harsh lines that transition to softness, demonstrating the tenet of her urban adulthood experience in Boston, New York and her love of travel.

Maureen has worked under the direction of painter Nuala Clarke, studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Art Students League in Manhattan. She also completed an abstract painting workshop at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland, and a residency at Pocoapoco in Oaxaca, Mexico, which facilitated research, conversation and connection surrounding her creative purpose, work, and process.  

Maureen’s work has been shown at various galleries in the New York area.


Ballinglen Arts Foundation