As a child Maria would spend hours drawing on homemade sketch pads which her father made from paper off cuts from his technical drawings.
Art was all she ever wanted to do so when she left school, completing a three year degree course on Graphic Design at Gloucester College of Art. She then went on to work in an advertising agency, visualizing and illustrating.
Maria love to experiment with all mediums and has always had a love for nature and flowers. She started painting highly detailed illustrations using watercolours and moved on to acrylics using vivid colouring techniques, using a ‘freer’ style. Maria gains her subjects from her experiences travelling, local National Trust sites, and occasionally photos from her friends from their travels. Combining acrylic paints with inks in her illustrations, this graphic style marries beautifully with the birds she often paints.