|Mural at Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway Visitor Center in Ruidoso Downs|
and pastel to create her captivating portraits of people, animals, and the beautiful scenery of the Southwest.
Maria and her husband, Rusty, train horses so she has a first-hand view of the models for many of her paintings. "When you train them, you get to know your subjects really well. When I look at one horse, it looks completely different from another horse. You can see the personality in their eyes and the differences in their faces, " Maria notes about her favorite subject.
Maria offers art instruction every Tuesday from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Ruidoso Community Center. She is a proficient instructor in oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and graphite. Classes are free-form: you select the subject and media you want to work with. Bring your own supplies, but if you have none, limited supplies are available. Call Maria at 575-937-7826 with questions and reservations. The Ruidoso Communitiy Center is located at 501 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso. Donations appreciated.
Maria's work has been on display at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, a juried show in Cheyenne, and her adjudicated piece "Calf Roper" hangs in the permanent display at the Ruidoso Convention Center. These are just a few of the adjudicated awards she has received.
|Maria's son, Scout, with his prize-winning turkey at Lincoln County Fair|
Maria paints personalized, original portraits of pets, people, or special events. She can capture your special loved pet in a beautiful, enduring piece of art. Call 575-937-7826 to learn more about commissioning an original artwork that makes the perfect gift.