Maria Marino

Award-Winning Pastel Painter

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Birds on a Wire


12 x 16


Early Spring Morning


26 x 20


Light Path


9 x 12


Eos (Of the Light)


12 x 24



Maria Marino, PSA

My paintings focus on the intimate settings found in the landscape that capture moments that are bathed in light. The paintings have a mysterious feel, environments that are filled with abstract color notations. My focus is on the natural world using soft pastel and other mediums to create a dialogue between the art and the viewer. With this, my roots are deep in the tradition of drawing; it being the binding element, the foundation of my art. The work is characterized by bold strokes of color that carry a sense of rhythm and composition with a great sense of spontaneity.

Born in Washington DC, Maria works and lives in suburban Maryland, where she graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art & Design in 1998 with a BFA in Interior Architecture. After a successful career as an interior desiger of corporate and educational facilities, she began painting full time in 2015. The artist exhibits regularly and has received recognition for her paintings in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club, the Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club as well as exhibiting in national shows such as the American Impressionist Society. Marino is also featured on the cover and in an article, "Colors that Sing, Marks that Dance" in the December 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal.

In October 2017, Maria is in two international exhibitions: she is one of 10 artists invited to exhibit in the PASIT, Pastellisti Italiani, the first International Exhibition of pastel paintings in Tivoli, Italy and she will also have paintings in the Pastel Association of Taiwan Invitational in Taiwan.

Maria Marino

The River's Edge


12 x 18


Maria Marino ~ Selected Awards, Memberships & Exhibitions

2017 Show,  IAPS 26th Master Circle Juried Exhibition and Master Circle Artist award
2017 2nd Prize, Giverny International Pastel Exhibition, APF Art Pastel France, Giverny France
"Breath of Spring," featured in North Light Books, Pure Color 2: The Best of Pastel"
Pastel Society of America - Board of Governors, Signature Member
2016 July, Perfectly Pastel show, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2016 December, Cover of Pastel Journal, "Early Spring Morning, Giverny"
Salmagundi Club, Non-Resident Artist Member
Founders Award, Connecticut Pastel Society "Renaissance in Pastel" exhibit
Allied Artist of America, Elected Member
American Impressionist Society, Associate Member
1st Place, "Waterworks", Gallery Unicorn, Lutherville, MD
Elected Member, Pastels, Audubon Artists, Inc.
Signature Member, Connecticut Pastel Society
Silver Medal for Pastel, National Arts Club, 113th EAM show
Second Place, Pastel Journal, Juried Exhibit, 17th Annual Pastel 100
Maryland Federation of Art, Artist Member

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