About Peggy Marra Peggy Marra began painting at 16 and sold her first painting that very year. At 18, she traveled Europe for three years, visiting museums and living in Greece. Upon returning to Canada, Marra and her husband opened their first gallery, Gallery Mihalis. The two spent the next 30 years expanding, opening two galleries in Montreal and one in Boca Raton (FL), leaving little time for her to paint. In 2010, after a black bear photography trip spent photographing and interacting with the bears, Marra was inspired to begin painting again, and truly enjoys capturing the intelligence, curiosity and expressive faces of these amazing "gentle giants."