My name is Maria Varnalis and my parents came to the USA when I was an infant. My fathers ancestors are from Mykonos but he was born in Braila, Romania. My mother is from Kokkari, Samos Island, Greece. I was born in Athens, Greece and my brother and I came to the USA with our parents whom were sponsersed by Brethren and Christ Church in Harrisburg, PA. My sister was born here in the USA. I am the middle child and come from a long line of artist and musicians on my mother side. My grandfather was a violinist and he had an orchestra on the island of Samos and my uncles all played music with my grandfather. My uncle Michael was an Iconographer and he is now a monk in Crete. My mothers first cousin is a famous movie star in Greece. His name was Nikos Stavridis. My son took after my mothers side of the family as well, he plays classical piano.
I am an amateur photographer. I enjoy photographing landscapes and close ups of flowers. I also enjoy photographing Greece and Maine .A few of my photos have been selected and are on Google Earth. I am happy that I found this site so that I can share my photography with thousands of people all over the world.
My profession is in the beauty industry. I am a cosmetologist and also a silversmith artist and jewelry designer. You can visit my jewelry site at mariavarnalis.com. I have many talents, from acrylic painting to renovating my home. Capturing that moment or the perfect picture is great fun for me. I hope you enjoy my photographs and if you have any questions about my prints you may contact me.