When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?
I work as an advertising agency art director by day so most of my free time is spent creating my own pieces of art. I really enjoy it and it relaxes me. I also like to travel a lot. Traveling inspires me and it influences a lot of my work.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influence is the environment that I live in and learning about different types of people and their traditions. All my pieces are inspired by the art/patterns of different cultures. I am specifically inspired by Native American, Mexican and Indian art and mythology.
What mediums do you enjoy working in?
I enjoy screenprinting patterns and then collaging those patterns to make a figure/design. I work a lot in mix media- acrylics, spray paint, screenprinting and printmaking. Recently I have been creating paper mache sculptures of some of my 2D characters. I enjoy playing around with different mediums and learning how to use them through trial and error.
Anything else you want to tell?
Yes, check out some of my work at www.theonlymaria.com
Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?
I was boring in Chicago, IL in 1986. I went away for school, but I am back in Chicago now.
What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?
I have been drawing since I can remember. My parents would enter me in art/drawing competitions at a very young age. It was my favorite subject in school and all that I ever wanted to do.
Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?
I would have to say it is Tony Hawk but only because I grew up with my cousin talking about him all the time.