My name is Maria Arias. I was born in Venezuela, and I started painting at the age of eight. Due to my school’s rigid schedule, I ceased painting at the age of 12. I pursued engineering studies and graduated in 2003. The following year, I moved to France, fleeing from my country’s chaos and leaving everything behind. I arrived in France with nothing, not even the knowledge of the French language. I completed my master’s degree and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry. In 2007, I relocated to the Netherlands, where I finally felt at home again. I work four days a week as a Chemical Engineer and almost three days as an artist. I resumed painting in 2016. Additionally, I began with an introductory acrylic course at Afterward, I continued to learn independently for a while. I attended several workshops and masterclasses with various artists. My favorite teacher is Marissa Oosterlee.

I spend four days a week working as an engineer, and the remainder of my time is dedicated to painting. Painting is not just a hobby for me; it’s an integral part of my life. Without it, I would feel incomplete and irritable. The act of painting brings me immense joy and fulfillment. There’s something truly rewarding about seeing the happiness it brings to others when they receive one of my paintings. I’ve never experienced such deep satisfaction from any other endeavor. Painting is profound and beautiful in ways that are difficult to put into words.

I prefer to employ confident strokes when painting, drawing inspiration from the inherent chaos found in nature. I aim to capture this chaos in the intricate details of my artwork, particularly when depicting the fur of animals. Additionally, I am deeply appreciative of my friends, who serve as a constant wellspring of inspiration for me. With each new painting, I strive to push my boundaries, continuously challenging myself while embracing opportunities for learning and experimenting with fresh techniques and materials.

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. I love making videos or posters to help animals get adopted.
Moving from one country to another requires some time to adjust. My work absorbed me, and I sometimes closed my eyes to all the other things in life.
My cat Kriska (My black and white cat) got sick with breast cancer. Then, I start reading about animal communication and begin doing some healing on her. Her behavior 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 isn’t easy to mark a starting point. But I am sure Toby’s arrival removed the blockage I had about painting. Unfortunately, Toby has Nasal Cancer. I know this since October 2021. It took me one month to be able to talk about it. He is doing ok, and we are fighting this!
But I now understand how important it is to have your pet’s paintings, as I have seven artworks inspired by him. It helps me to compensate for the immense frustration and anger. It helps me know a part of him is immortalized and will be forever having a place at home.


About my style:

” You are extremely recognizable, due to the use of bold and confident strokes as well as a strong yet natural use of color and textures, making your artwork highly unique, distinguished from any other artist out there. “ – Marissa Oosterlee. I love painting with different materials and switching from using the airbrush, the brushes, or the pencils. I like to make my paintings because I have more freedom. That freedom allows my creativity to grow. But I also love doing commission works. Custom-made works are so rewarding!. It is a profound moment, full of emotions and impregnated with love. It is priceless and unforgettable.

My Message

I want all the animals to be treated like kings or at least with respect. I believe animals have so much to teach us. Animals are so much more than we can ever imagine!!! Believe they are much more than you think, and you will open the door to the most fulfilling love experience.