Maria was born and raised in northwest Missouri where she first fell in love with the landscape through the expansive skies and farmland there. She received her BA in English Literature from Texas Tech University and has now called central North Carolina home for over thirty years where the varied land and seascapes continue to amaze her.
She began taking art classes and workshops upon joining the Sanford Brush & Palette Club to pursue her passion to creatively capture the interplay between light and shadow, which has always drawn her to any subject since observing those landscapes while growing up.
Maria attributes her greatest art breakthrough in seeing as an artist to Brandi Neighbors while studying realistic drawing with her. She has also studied with TJ Cunningham, Adam Clague and locally with Susan Hecht and Joe DiGiulio. She is influenced by the work of Richard Schmid, Susan Lyon and CW Mundy, and most enjoys the styles of impressionism and abstraction. To create in these styles she has become familiar with many different mediums, but primarily works in oils.