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“I’ve always felt I was born with a pencil in my hand and for as long as I can remember my subject has always been horses. The horse and the beauty of it’s form and spirit are the foundations of my portraits.'
Maria has been drawing horses since she was a child in Staten Island, NY. Although she studied some fine art in college, she feels her talent is natural and self taught. Her works usually start with a photograph that she has taken and inspires her, then evolve into compositions in which light against dark and fine detail are the primary focus. The pencil is her tool of choice because it gives her great control and versatility.
“To me art is a synthesis of my personal feelings, a subject that inspires me and my materials and techniques. Realism is my primary goal. I want my subject to look as though it will come to life and canter off the paper.”
Maria has recently begun drawing another subject she has a passion for - Native Americans.
'Native American cultures have always been of great interest to me. I enjoy learning about each different tribe and meeting different people in that culture. I have been out west and have seen the very poor conditions some of our Native Americans live in and I would like to use my artwork to help the children and young adults of these cultures in some way if possible. '
2010 NJ State Fair - 1st place drawing
2010 “WAOWing the Golden State” - Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation award
2009 American Art Awards - 3rd Place Drawing
2009 Horses In Art cover competition - Honorable Mention
2009 Western States Horse Expo’s Equine Dream Art Show - 1st place drawing
2000 NJ State Fair - 1st place
2011 Western States Horse Expo Equine Dream Art Show, Sacramento, CA
2011 In The Company Of Cowgirls Art Show, Pendelton, OR
2011 American Academy of Equine Art Spring Invitational, Lexington, KY
2011 Western Spirit Art Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY
2010 Heart Of The West Art Show & Sale, Lander, WY
2010 HITS on the Hudson Equestrian Art Show, Fletcher Gallery,
2010 WAOWing The Golden State Art Exhibit, Wieghorst Museum,
2010 American Academy Of Equine Art “Salute To The World Equestrian Games” exhibit,
Lexington History Museum, Lexington, KY
2010 Rocky Mountain Horse Show Denver, CO
2010 Empire 100 Art Show Tucson, AZ
2009 NJ Equine Artists Assoc. Fall Invitational
2009 Western States Horse Expo Equine Dream Art Show
2008 HITS on the Hudson Art Exhibit
Horses In Art Magazine Spring 2011
PKA’s Advocate April/May 2011 cover
Western Horseman Magazine May 2010
Cover artist for 2010 HITS Saugerties Show program
2010 Best Of Worldwide Artists: Charcoal, Pastel Pencil book series
Sidelines Magazine October 2009
Horses In Art Spring 2009
NJ Equine Artist’s Association
Women Artists of the West - associate member
Common Ground Art Gallery, Red Lodge, MT