Artist StatementMy paintings focus on the intimate settings found in the landscape that capture the moments that are bathed in light. The paintings have a mysterious feel, environments that are filled with abstract color notations. My focus is on the natural world using soft pastel and other mediums to create a dialogue between the art and the viewer. With this, my roots are deep in the tradition of drawing; it being the binding element, the foundation of my art. The work is characterized by bold strokes of color that carry a sense of rhythm and composition with a great sense of spontaneity.
She is an Exhibiting Artist Member of the National Arts Club, Signature Artist and Elected Board Member of the Pastel Society of America, Elected Member of Allied Artists of America Inc., Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists Inc., Signature Member-Connecticut Pastel Society and Maryland Pastel Society. She also maintains membership with the American Impressionist Society, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Maryland Federation of Art and State of MD Board of Certified Designers. Graduated from Maryland Institute of Art, BFA in Interior Architecture, Cum Laude, 1998.
Maria’s work has been accepted in juried national shows and has received recognition for her paintings in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club, Galleries at Salmagundi Club as well as exhibited in national shows such as the American Impressionist Society. Honors include: Gold Medal for Pastel Dianne Bernhard - Allied Artists of America 97th Annual Exhibition, 2nd Place juried exhibition Landscape/Interior Category 17th Annual Pastel 100 sponsored by the Pastel Journal publication, Art Spirit Foundation Silver Medal for Pastel- National Arts Club 115th Exhibiting Artists Members show, Art Spirit Foundation Silver Medal for Pastel- National Arts Club 113th Exhibiting Artists Members show, Tampa Bay Pastel Society Award- Pastel Society of America 38th Annual Exhibition, Southeastern Pastel Society Award- Pastel Society of America 37th Annual Exhibition, , Jane Impapasto Award for Pastel- Salmagundi Club 129th Annual Member Exhibition, Award of Merit- Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel 20th Annual Exhibition.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS-
Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS, Washington County Museum of Arts, National Arts Club NYC-Grand Gallery, Salmagundi Club NYC- Gallery, Vose Galleries- Boston, MA, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, Abend Gallery Fine Art, Denver, CO, Lyme Art Association Goodman Gallery, Old Lyme, CT, Scottsdale, AZ, Abend Gallery Fine Art, Denver, CO, Lyme Art Association Goodman Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS-
National Arts Club NYC - Exhibiting Artist Member
Pastel Society of America - Board of Governors, Signature Member
Salmagundi Club- Non-Resident Artist Member
Allied Artists of America - Elected Member
American Impressionist Society- Associate Member
Audubon Artists, Inc. - Elected Member- Pastels
Connecticut Pastel Society- Signature Member
MD Federation of Art- Artist Member
Maryland Pastel Society - Signature Member
Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association -Associate Member
Artists Fellowship Inc. - Member
Certified Interior Designer: Maryland State Board Registered #2203, NCIDQ Certificate #024506