"I seek to create an indeterminate and open space that allows unforeseen and unanticipated emotions to emerge. This openness, for me, is the beauty and uniqueness of paint."
Maria is a painter, photographer, and long-time civil rights attorney. For many years and in different contexts she has worked to advance immigrant rights, racial justice and gender equity.
Her love and appreciation of painting is long and deep. As a teenager, Maria lived in Madrid for two years, where she spent many hours at the Museo del Prado, an unlikely activity for a teenager. Here she gained her appreciation for the old masters soaking in the work of Velasquez, Goya, Titian, and Flemish greats which continue to inspire her work today. Born in Mexico City and a frequent visitor over the years, Maria also takes much of her inspiration from Mexico’s rich visual and artisan culture.