About Maria Collier
Maria is a Colombian born artist who has lived in the coast of SW Florida for over 40 years. She began painting on canvas after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. The healing that occurred from being aligned with her true passion comes across in the joyful colors she uses in her work.
Maria is an intuitive artist driven by music, it is her muse and inspiration. She is often found dancing while in the process of creating her work. She uses music and dance as a guide in choosing her vibrant and lively color palette. They are described as an energetic dance of colors on canvas. That is why she names her work after the songs or albums that inspire it. Music and dance are an integral part of her very active process. They find a natural cohabitation in her work. The pieces are poured and scraped, and go from the floor to the easel, and back again. She builds layer upon layer, relying on the interaction of each to create unanticipated relationship of color and texture. From afar, her work is cohesive and strong and upon closer inspection, she allows the surprise of small moments and unexpected detail to come through.
Most of the unusual tools she uses to move the paint around can be found in hardware stores. She uses door stops, trowel, foam brushes, floor and window squeegees along with the music playing in her studio to help bring life to all her work.
Her work has been placed in both public and private collections across the United States. Her public works can be found in the Hertz Corporate office and T-Mobile Franchise Corporate office to name a few. She is currently showing her work in a yearlong exhibition in the Southwest Florida International Airport and in several galleries in Florida. Currently she is Represented by Sheldon Fine Art Gallery 460 Fifth Avenue S. Naples Florida.
Playlist for you of songs that inspire me
- Welcome Home by Radical Face
- Jigsaw Falling Into Place by Radiohead
- Things Have Changed by Bob Dylan
- Sunshower by Chris Cornell
- In the Waiting Line (feat. Sophie Barker) by Zero 7
- There, There by Radiohead
- How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
- Down the Line by José González
- Fly One Time by Ben Harper & Relentless7
- Glory Box by Portishead
- Weird Fishes / Arpeggi by Radiohead
- Pink Moon by Nick Drake
- The Look by Metronomy
- Harvest Moon by Neil Young
- From the Morning by Nick Drake