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Maria left a career as a maritime lawyer to become a painter.

Maria was born in 1967 in Hartlepool and grew up on the North East Coast of England. Following a degree in law, Maria qualified as a barrister and spent over 20 years as a shipping lawyer in the maritime industry. She began painting during a career break when her son was small and discovered the thrill of the creative process. She continued to paint when time permitted but in 2016 she decided to sacrifice the rewards of legal practice to pursue this creative path.

Maria paints "things that I like" in oils & watercolour. Once enthused by a scene or an object, she paints to capture its essence, fearlessly and with great energy.

Maria lives and works from her home studio in rural Northumberland and paints 'en plein air' in the landscape in addition to her studio practice.

She was shortlisted  for the New Light Art Prize 2020/2021 and has been selected to show alongside the members of the Royal Society of British Artists at their annual exhibition in Spring 2021.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions:
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition, 2021, The Mall Galleries, London. 15th - 24th April 2021

New Light Prize 2020/2021 Touring Exhibition
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 4 June- 29 August 2021
Tullie House Museum & Gallery, Carlisle September - October 2021
Bankside Gallery, London 15 - 21 November 2021

Past Exhibitions:
NewLight Prize 2020/2021 Touring Exhibition
Scarborough Art Gallery 19 September 2020 - 17January 2021
2020 Magic of Northumberland Open, Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
2019 - Gallagher & Turner Open, Newcastle Upon Tyne
2018 - Open Ocean, Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland


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