I am an encaustic/mixed media artist originally from the Detroit area. I received my BFA from the University of Michigan and MFA from Arizona State University. My work has been exhibited across the country including: Muse Gallery in Philadelphia, City Museum in St. Louis and Nelson Fine Art Center in Tempe, AZ. I have had a solo show at The Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Originally a fiber artists, I discovered encaustics during a week long intensive workshop in Tennessee in 2005. It's the perfect medium for a thrift/antique store "junkie" because I can embed paper, fabric and embellishments in the layers of wax. In my recent work I find myself going back to textile imagery like dresses, stitching and the look of dyed fabric in the tactile and rich surfaces of encaustic painting. At the same time I've always been inspired by insects, bees and beetles, especially because the wax I use is made by bees.
Maria's ArtPrize Entries
These are Maria's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Maria's Past Work
These are images of past work that Maria has done.