Maria creates highly stylized original watercolour and ink paintings. Her preferred subject is nature and wildlife and this is juxtaposed against a riot of pattern all brought together with her distinct colour palette.
Her inspiration comes from the landscape of her native Scotland to the ancient meadows of England and all the gardens, parks and pavements in-between. She enjoys travelling, and likes to bring little bits of her travels back into my paintings, recent travels to Venice and Seville have sparked an interest in the Moorish influences discovered within the cities. She translates and reimagines the surrounding Flora and Fauna into a highly decorative forms using the patterns and geometry contained in nature.
“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than coming home from a walk clutching a bunch of leaves and or desiccated weed heads that has sparked my interest. Pattern plays a huge part in my work and I enjoy juxta posing natural forms with highly patterned grounds.”