Maria’s artistic work aims at an abstract or semi-abstract decorative style. She is drawn to minimalism and pattern. Her sculptures, however, often stem from experimenting with materials, such as the “Knitter’s Chair”. Recently, she has been inspired by Beatrix Potter’s tale of the “Tailor of Gloucester” resulting hopefully in a soft sculpture of the tailor.
Maria was born in Dublin and moved to London in the 1980s. Her artistic experience covers drawing, painting, embroidery and textile art. In 2008 She received a Distinction for her final studies in textile art while at Windsor College, U.K. In drawing and painting, although largely self-taught, she received private tuition from a portrait painter while living in Dublin.
After working from a small studio in her back garden she was delighted, when in 2013, she set up a studio at Wimbledon Art Studios, Earlsfield, London, where she combines her previous artistic experiences; resulting in a diverse style. She continues to explore painting but experiments with the creative possibilities of different media which might incorporate textiles and related techniques.
Inspiration has been drawn from the Dhunami teachings (dhunami.org) and researching artists such as Mach, Matisse, Klimt, Sonya Delaunay and Claes Oldenburg.