Maria’s artistic inspirations come from the world that surrounds her.  

She paints a wide variety of subjects - landscapes, still lifes, and portraits.  She loves painting au plein air and does it year round. “When you paint outside, you are surrounded by smells, sounds, and ever changing light. You are challenged - everything is calling for your attention.”

Maria studied with many contemporary artists;  most extensively with Tom Ouellette (from whom she learned how to paint portraits and figures in a classical manner, following the old masters techniques) and Mark Hayden, CM  (who taught her to paint her first portraits and instilled love for painting en plein air)

EDUCATION

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

SELECTED EXHIBITS AND AWARDS 

BFF: My Best Friend (Forever) — Juried Exhibit, Charles Fine Arts Gallery — Gloucester MA, 2019
Newburyport Art Associations' Winter Members Juried Exhibition Show — Newburyport MA, 2019
Newburyport Art Associations' Fall Members Juried Exhibition Show — Newburyport MA, 2018
Lore Degenstein Gallery 10th Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition & National Competition — Selinsgrove PA, 2018
GHAA Annual Exhibit — Haverhill MA, 2018
Newburyport Art Associations' 21st Annual Regional Juried Show —  Newburyport MA, 2018
Newburyport Art Associations' Winter Members Juried Exhibition Show — Newburyport MA, 2018
Bare: The Nude Now - Foundation Art Space, Exeter NH, 2018
Newburyport Art Associations' Fall Members Juried Exhibition Show — Best in Oil Award — Newburyport MA, 2017
Small Works, Big World  (Two artists show) —Hills Gallery, 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 (Master Artist member)