Maruja has participated in portrait and still life workshops with:
Maggie Siner - Art Square, Leesburg VA
Sherrie McGraw - Zoll Studio, Timonium MD
Kerry Dunn (Studio Incamminati) - Tampa, FL
Robert Liberace - Art League, Alexandria, VA
Rick Weaver - Art League, Alexandria, VA
Diane Tesler - Art League, Alexandria, VA
She has also attended several national conferences sponsored by the Portrait Society of America in different locations in the U.S.
- Portrait Society of America
- Oil Painters of America (OPA)
- Montgomery Art Association
María (or Maruja as she likes to be called) has had a profound love and appreciation for art since her early childhood, in fact, fine art painting is her passion and has remained a constant and vital part of her life. Maruja studied Commercial Art and worked in the business, but painting has always remained in her mind. Later on she studied at Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and successfully completed the full Art Certificate Program. She continuously developed her talent and skills for three more years. She also attended the Art League in Alexandria, Va. for several years.
Maruja has always been a great admirer of the tradition of realism in art as expressed by the Old Masters. She has always had a fascination with the sensitivity of colors especially as used by the impressionistic and modern artists. One of her passions is tied to the expression of the human figure. There is a richness of value that can be perceived if you know how to capture it and then interpret it on the canvas. Discovering and recreating that richness of figure and color is for her a true pleasure.
Lately, she was commissioned to paint a portrait of the first female doctor graduate from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Some of her paintings have been published on the cover of La Palabra entre Nosotros, a Christian magazine.
She participated in the National Arts Program in Baltimore where she was awarded second place for her painting "The Kiss" after Gustav Klimt.
An article was published in the Bethesda Gazette Newspaper about her studio and where some of her paintings were shown.
She has been a chosen artist for different art projects such as “Pandamania”, from the DC Commission of Arts and Humanities, where she had to decorate one of many fiberglass sculptures of panda bears which were later exhibited throughout Washington, DC. Her work was featured in a book which was published on this project. Also she was selected by the Gaithersburg, MD Commission of Art to design and decorate a fiberglass sculpture of a locomotive, which has been exhibited at the Washingtonian Rio Center in Gaithersburg, MD.
Some of her works have also been featured in a quality Art Book published by International Contemporary Artist (ICA). Also she has been featured in American Art Collector magazine.In an exhibition at the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, her painting “Sandra” was awarded First Prize. Her painting “Virgin and Angels” was featured in the Cultural Section of “El Tiempo Latino”, a Spanish language newspaper based in DC.
Her studio is located at Triangle Art Studios, 7711 Old Georgetown Rd, Studio B, Bethesda, MD 20814
- The National Arts Program, Baltimore, MD
- Artists and Makers 2, Rockville, MD- Art Space, Herndon, VA
- Capitol Arts Network, Rockville, MD
- Yellow Barn, Glen Echo, Bethesda, MD
- Rockville Art League at Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD
- VisArt Gallery, Rockville, MD
- Montgomery Art Association, Kensington, MD
- Glen Echo Labor Day Exhibition, Bethesda, MD
- Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA
- Green Spring Art Show, Alexandria VA
- Alexandria City Hall Exhibition, Alexandria, VA
- Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC
- She has received several awards in exibitions.