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at an art opening standing next
one of her abstract pastels
Maria has won awards for her
portraits and other
lived in Europe and had the opportunity to travel to Spain, Italy,
France, England and Switzerland.At
eighteen she moved to the United States making Denver, Colorado
her new home. There she attended Colorado Institute of Art and
graduated with a degree in illustration design. Relocating to
Dallas, Texas she worked for Southland Corporation and pursued
her art education at University of North Texas. At UNT she graduated
with a bachelors in Fine Arts. Moving to Austin, she worked with
several different companies, as a contract artist and started
to work on creating her portfolio of artworks. With a diverse
background in design and illustration this gave her a foundation
for teaching art classes and continually developing her art. Maria
has been teaching art classes at Laguna Gloria Art School, Austin
Community College and recently started teaching art classes at
her own studio.
She has displayed her pastels in galleries and restaurants for
the past 20 years. Her other mediums are oils, watercolor, acrylic,
charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and airbrush. Her travels and illustration
background has helped her structure concepts and has given her
a strong foundation to build on for her present art work.