Maria was born in Paarl (1972) and raised in Gauteng. She currently lives in Mossel Bay with her husband Francois and three children, Katinka, Sharl and Rigter.
She completed her diploma in Business Management, Webpage design and did a 2 year photography course in England. She is also a qualified hair stylist. “I believe my highest calling in life is my husband, my children and my relationships with all people. My friends and family provide a balance in my life and keep me humble. They are all extraordinary people!”
Although Maria has no formal training in painting she says it was, is and always will be part of her life. She grew up experiencing all forms of creativity as her mother was an artist. She is inspired by God for He is the creator of all beautiful things. “He called me for His purpose and in obedience and love of art, I paint with all I am to worship Him. Therefore I pray that each painting will touch you like it touched me whilst painting it.”