As a visual artist, my work is meant to entertain the viewer’s senses. Not only do I enjoy experimenting with colour and texture, I aspire to infuse a sense of wonder and curiosity in my work, while respecting the principles of colour and spatial composition. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design (1988), my major was drawing but I was very fond of abstract painting in Art College, with an architectural influence. My mediums include oil and acrylics on canvas, with a focus on abstracts and cityscapes. Known for the colour and vibrancy of my work, I am continually exploring new directions to express my visions. My works are included in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and in corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Maria began creating hats for high end boutiques in Canada and the U.S. in the early 1990’s. The popularity of her designs led to the opening of her own store, Le Chapeau Rouge, in Calgary in 1990. She shifted her attention to wholesale in the late 1990’s, providing hats to over 15 stores across Canada and the U.S. Maria is a graduate of Interior Design from Mount Royal University as well as a graduate of The Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2015 took a class with Melbourne milliner Louise Macdonald.
Some of her hats can be seen on CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries Season one.