Mara Abboud's art has received international recognition and critical acclaim both for her brilliant innovation and unusual technique. Her painting style is uniquely her own, interweaving a palette of spectacular colors with fantasy designs from a myriad of cultures, achieving a jewel-like-tapestry effect on her canvases reminiscent of mosaic tiles and stained glass. 1998 International Artist of the Year, International Women's Conference, 1980 Artist of the Year, Santa Barbara Arts Festival, 1977 International Artist of the Year, International Beaux Arts.
Her art has been exhibited in 20 enthusiastically received one-woman shows and has appeared in over 26 major publications that include Architectural Digest, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Boston Globe, Santa Barbara Magazine, Art in America, Art News, Naples Illustrated and Gulfshore Magazine.
Cousin to poet/philosopher Kahlil Gibran and sister to international designer, Joseph Abboud, examples of her art are to be found in prestigious collections throughout the United States and Europe, including those of the former World Trade Center and Gulf & Western. Beverly Sills, Michele Lee, Mr. & Mrs.Brian Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Ed McMahon, Mr. & Mrs. Don Murray, Mr. & Mrs. Fess Parker, Lord and Lady Ridley-Tree, Mrs. Harold Robbins, and Joseph Abboud are among her many distinguished private collectors.