BIO

Born in a family that appreciated the arts as long as they were intended as hobbies, Maria was drawing her first portraits at the age of two, handling (and chewing on) coloring pencils like any other two-year old artist. Later in life, around the age of seven, she moved on to watercolors, the medium that provided her with the greatest disappointment, as no matter how hard she tried, the paintings would not come close to the works of the old masters. After briefly sidetracking to get a must-have technical degree, she continued her artistic pursuits and finally discovered the magical world of oil painting, which almost instantly brought her art closer to what she was after —  paintings that are based on classical, centuries-proven traditions, executed in the modern world and reflecting modern day sensibilities.

EDUCATION

Private study with  Tom Ouellette (2004-2009), Mark Hayden (2000-2005), Don Karr (1998-2000) 

SELECTED EXHIBITS AND AWARDS 

Newburyport Art Associations' Fall Members Juried Exhibition Show — Best in Oil Award — Newburyport MA, 2017
GHAA Annual Exhibit — Second place and Honorable mention — Haverhill MA, 2017
Newburyport Art Associations' 20th Annual Regional Juried Show —  Newburyport MA, 2017
MYTH & MAGIC: Brickbottom Art Association Members' Exhibition - Somerville MA, 2017
Newburyport Art Associations' Winter Members Juried Exhibition Show —  Newburyport MA, 2017
Newburyport Art Associations' Fall Members Juried Exhibition Show —  Newburyport MA, 2016
GHAA Annual Exhibit — Haverhill MA, 2016
Newburyport Art Associations' Winter Members Juried Exhibition Show —  Newburyport MA, 2016
Newburyport Art Associations' Fall Members Juried Exhibition Show —  Newburyport MA, 2015
GHAA Annual Exhibit — Haverhill MA, 2015
Newburyport Art Associations' 18th Annual Regional Juried Show —  Newburyport MA, 2015
The Merrimacians —  Merrimac MA, 2015
Newburyport Art Associations' Winter Members Juried Exhibition Show —  Newburyport MA, 2015
Newburyport Art Associations' Fall Members Juried Exhibition Show — Honorable Mention Award —  Newburyport MA, 2014
Lore Degenstein Gallery Sixth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition & National Competition — Selinsgrove PA, 2014
Portraits of Newburyport, Newburyport Art Association — Newburyport MA, 2014
GHAA Annual Exhibit — Juror's Award for Exceptional Work — Haverhill MA, 2014
Back to Back — Juried Exhibit, Sloane Merrill Gallery — Boston MA, 2013
Artist of the Month — Solo Exhibit, Memorial Hall Library — Andover MA, 2013

MEMBERSHIPS

The Portrait Society of America 
Greater Haverhill Arts Association
Newburyport  Art Association