My name is Maria, but you can call me Ms. Pickles.

I am a maximalist. I believe that leopard print is a neutral, pineapple belongs on pizza right next to the jalapeño, and bright red lipstick is for everyday wear.

I have been told I have puppy energy… I talk fast, I paint fast, and I strive to spend my life laughing and connecting. (I also wouldn’t say no to a belly rub)

I was artsy and creative as a kid. I played piano, loved the theater, singing, and ceramics. In my adult life I’ve had many chapters, and during each phase I found time to create.

As a full time artist with PaintNite.com for 4 years, I’ve been incredible lucky to share my love for painting with artists of all skill levels.  I’m just like Bob Ross – only less rescue squirrels!

In my personal work I’m exploring portraits and storytelling through the female gaze.

So, let’s connect and share the love! Submit a request for a custom piece, check out my store and support a SoCal artist, join me for PaintNite, or hit me up on the socials – I love to talk all things art.