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Maria is a Canadian landscape painter who works in impressionistic manner and uses a colorist approach. She lives and works in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Maria is a nature lover and a tireless hiker. She finds her inspiration in exploring Provincial parks and Conservation areas of Southern Ontario. She often paints on location with soft pastels and later uses her sketches as references for oil painting that she creates in her studio on canvas using a palette knife. Her oil paintings are much bigger pieces that are richly textured and colored. Using wet-on-wet technique she applies thick palette knife strokes that create depth and plenty of details. In her media Maria uses clean vibrant colors that allow her to demonstrate the effect of sunlight on the scene. Maria started painting after having a successful career in education and management and in a short time achieved a professional level that allowed her to exhibit and sell her work. Maria is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists and a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Artist Canada.