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About Maria

Born in Tientsin, China in 1945 of Russian/Italian parentage, Maria migrated to Australia in 1950 following the Chinese Communist Revolution. As a child, Maria did not study art, but was very aware of stories of her maternal grandfather, who had been an artist. As a teen, she often drew caricature-like sketches of people.

About five years prior to retirement from her 35 year career as a psychologist, Maria began to pursue her interest in drawing and painting, initially via Adult Education classes and short workshops. On retirement, Maria enrolled in Fine Arts at TAFE for two years full time, where she completed Certificates 3 and 4.

People and emotive topics are featured in Maria’s paintings and sketches. Her goal is to portray life and activity, emotion, sometimes with a humorous twist.

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