When she was younger she went to visit a Salvador Dali exhibition, and spent the next year drawing Dali like images. So she is very inspired by the artistic expression of others. She also finds the work of Shaun Tan very inspirational, touching and profound with each read.
She describes her personal work as diverse, colourful and sometimes a bit playful and sometimes a bit dark. She believes that illustration in itself has the power to open unexpected doors and to go beyond the simple translation of the word into an image. This is what she hopes to achieve through her own illustration work, lending itself to different levels of understanding.
As well as illustrator, Maria is also a writer and is soon to have her first children’s book published in November.