In these busy times, take a moment to and appreciate work of art. This helps you to live in the present. We need to start appreciating everything that surrounds us: the people, the colors, the animals, the textures, the smells. If you know animals, you know that they are able to love and forgive more than any human being.
When we are loved by them, we are healing... I believe that there is a collective animal spirit for each sort of animal and I express them in my paintings. I can feel them and they have a mission in our lives. Mine is the wolf, which one is calling you?.
My name is Maria Arias, I was born in Venezuela and I started painting at the age of 8 years old. Because of the hard schedule of the school I went to, I stopped painting at the age of 12.
I followed engineering studies and graduated in 2003. The next year I moved to France, running away from the chaos of my country and leaving everything behind.
I arrived in France with nothing, not even the knowledge of the French language. I finished doing my masters and got a PhD in chemistry.
In 2007, I moved to the Netherlands where I could finally feel at home again, I started doing more for animal rights, I also started dancing flamenco, and got a job as a Chemical Engineer.
Then, after moving, I found I could settle and I stopped delaying my dreams.
I did an acrylic courses at Colorato.com to refresh and I start learning other techniques by myself.
As an animal defender
During an exhibition in 2007 at the Gallery Codex Nicaragüa, A man pretending to be an artist presented a "work" that made me wake up and decide that actions shall be taken from now on to help animals. In a gallery, he exposed a stray malnourished and scary dog to the visitors, the dog was part of his art and on the wall it was written with dog food "You are what you read." This crazy and sadic man left the dog starving and dehydrated to probe the indifference of people. I couldn't believe it! At that moment I start some campaigns to help animals, one of my campaigns was http://semanadelanimal.blogspot.nl/, I have been helping groups of people I like to call my Idols, because they rescue animals and help them to get a second chance in life.
As an artist
I never stop being an artist, only I wasn't painting all the time... I always joined creative events like theater at school, university, making videos or posters to help animals to get adopted...
Moving from one country to another requires some time to adjust, I was absorbed by my work and I sometimes closed my eyes to all the others things in life.
When my cat Kriska got sick with breast cancer I start reading about animal communication, and start doing some healing meditations on her. Her behaviors changed so much (she was a tiger before), so we had the best moments together at that time. After that I continued growing a bit more spiritually and with Toby our new cat, I was so inspired to create...it is difficult to mark a starting point but it is surely related with me growing spiritually and the arrival of Toby that the blockage I had about painting start disappearing.
It’s all about love, hope and our responsibility as human beings.
For me it is a bit frustrating to paint only one subject at a time, so I am doing 4 different projects all based on animals:
Animals Bright Future I started by several paintings where big cats are meditating about their now and feeling nostalgic about their past. The human impact in their lives and their vulnerability, sometimes overcoming all the fear from the past and starting enjoying the present moment. (Work in progress, using Cobra Oil and Acrylic painting)
Immigration, some animals have been traveling a long way to find new homes, they are finally enjoying a new life, because happiness can be found and it is not always where you think it will be (using Acrylic painting).
Love interaction, because it is not only about animals but also about their love! that unconditional love.
Animal portraits in colored pencils (luminance colors) and in Acrylic, these two options are possible depending on the size and after discussing with the client. It is a way to paint every day, to perfect my technique and to make people and pets happy, it is also a way to honor our lovely pets.
I am inspired and fascinated by animals
When I sell a painting a part is donated so other animals can have a better life.
Someone asked me how I get the time to paint
I just don't watch a lot of TV