Welcome to my website! My name
is Maria, and art has been a lifelong passion for me. I was born
and raised on Long Island, New York. I earned a
BA in Fine Arts from Hofstra University in 1994, with minors in Art
Philosophy. Within a year of graduating, I moved to Maine, and
have since made this beautiful state my home. Since selling my
first piece in 1996, I have been consistently involved in showing my work in both group and solo settings. In July 2007, I decided to intensify my commitment to my art, and have since painted every day. Even when traveling doesn't allow me to be in front of my easel, I bring along a sketchbook. My work
been described as positive, fun, mystical, and colorful. I love
color and texture, and don't believe in restricting myself. I
try to give myself up to the process and just let
things flow; subject matter is whatever grabs me at the
My primary medium is acrylic, but I also enjoy working with collage/mixed media. I have also worked with oil pastel and
polymer clay. My work varies in execution, style and subject
matter, but the foundation of each piece is firmly situated in the joy I
find in spreading light and positivity. This might be done through the use of
humor, color variety, spiritually based messages or themes, or a combination of
these and other elements. There is plenty of darkness in the world
already; I believe in bringing constructive, encouraging and affirming
energy into people's lives through my
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