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Maria Iva is a nature lover, tireless hiker and plein air painter. She finds her inspiration in beautiful rural scenes of Southern Ontario. She often paints on location with soft pastels on sanded paper and later recreates scenes on canvas in her studio in oil using a palette knife. Her pastel paintings are usually sketches that capture the light and the feeling of the scene. Her oil paintings are often much bigger pieces with rich texture and bold colors. Using wet-on-wet technique she applies thick palette knife strokes that create depth and plenty of details. In both media Maria uses clean vibrant colors that allow her to demonstrate the effect of sunlight on the scene.
Maria started painting after having a successful career in education and in a short time achieved a professional level that allowed her to exhibit and sell her work.
Maria is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists and a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Artist Canada.

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