About Maria

I come from a very creative background.

My mother studied fashion at the Paris Academy in London, so my house was always filled with the most wonderful weird and wacky creations (in fact when I was young and not quite able to speak my mind),  I had to endure many an occasion traipsing around in her unusual designs.

My father was a beautiful writer. He sailed the seas as a radio office in the merchant navy, his free time spent at the typewriter composing letters and short stories.  When he returned home he filled our heads with all his amazing adventures of journeys around the world, so, it was only natural that I grew up with a passion and appreciation for the Arts.

When I attended secondary school, I was very fortunate to study under an American Artist, Ren Patterson, who obtained a residency at our school in Swinford, Co. Mayo.  He was an exceptional man with a great talent.  Not only was he a gifted painter, but the way in which he imparted his love of art to his students has stayed with me all my life.

When I finished school, against all odds, I decided to follow in my mother’s footsteps and pursue a career in fashion! I started by learning the basics in pattern making with a local design company and then continued my studies in Dublin, where I received my diploma.

Unsure that this was the road I wanted to travel, I decided to return to college and complete a course in visual education, to acquaint myself with a fuller understanding of all art forms, before finally attending  University to study Fine Art.

It was while at college I discovered ‘forum theatre’ and later joined a community theatre.  There, I was thrown into a world of strange characters where my imagination was encouraged to grow.

This, I believe, has given me a deeper insight into human behaviour, which I have, over the years, translated onto canvas.

9 Responses to “About Maria”

  1. Hi Maria- You know, I mistook you for someone I knew in Toronto. Sorry about that… This is quite a web site,fair play to you. All the very best with you work.
    always,
    .eileen

  2. john noonan says:

    Hi Maria, lovely web site love your work,will have to purchase some of your art, keep up good work. John Noonan

  3. Maria says:

    Thanks John.
    Really glad you like the work.
    I’m working on a new collection for my solo exhibition in February so you can check back in the next couple of weeks to view all my new paintings. (Hopefully I’ll have them all completed on time!)
    Kind regards
    Maria

  4. Eva Marie says:

    Hi Maria, what a lovely website, I really like your artwork. Eva Marie Sandren

  5. Maria says:

    Thanks Eva Marie. Appreciate the feedback. Kind regards Maria

  6. Charlie says:

    Hi Maria
    Soooo impressed with your work. I just love “Tom Bones” When I win the lottery I will commission you to create a few for me. Keep on doing what your doing.
    Lots of Love
    Charlie Gallen

  7. Maria says:

    Thank you so much Charlie.
    ‘Tom Bones’ was part of a collection from a solo exhibition I did last year which depicted stories and characters from my childhood.
    He was the tall bearded man who came around the houses collecting old bits and pieces and of course we children used to run and hide
    thinking we were next for the sack!
    No worries Charlie, If you win the lotto, you can have the pick of the lot.

  8. micky mcay says:

    great website maria best of luck with it i love your work i remember your work go on the walls of the villa rose and i love the one sean has man and boy

  9. Maria says:

    Thanks Micky.
    I still have my work exhibited in the Villa Rose. Love their restaurant, especially the food!
    Hope life is good with you and the family. All the best.

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