As a child, Maria knew she wanted to be an artist. Her first formal training began when she was a 14-year-old exchange student in Mexico, and took art classes at the Instituto Cultural in Guadalajara. Back in high school, in her home town of Santa Barbara, California, Maria took advantage of exploring watercolor with interior designer Jack Baker. as well as taking classes with other local painters.
She searched in many places for an artistic direction, but it was not until she stepped into the studio of mystic artist Herman Rednick in Taos, New Mexico in 1972 that she knew she had found her direction and her mentor. Maria apprenticed with Rednick from 1972 until 1982.
Later in the 1980s, Maria immersed herself in “The Painting Experience,” the process approach of Michelle Cassou and Stewart Cupley. She studied at their Institute of Art and Living for eight years, including completing their three-year teacher training course.
From the 1990s and up to the present, Maria has offered workshops on the process of painting and on how to balance traditional training and techniques with the process of painting itself, which unlocks the powerful and creative energies of unconscious material. Throughout her life, Maria’s artistic expression has paralleled her spiritual journey, leading her to create images inviting contemplation or meditation. From the time she read Yogananda in her teens and met Rednick, after which she lost interest in product and technique-centered art, Maria sought to express the spiritual dimension in her painting. Her work now displays a dynamic union of traditional and process painting, effortlessly expressing her inner experiences. Maria’s work is in private collections all over the country.
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About My Art
I love beginnings.
That first stroke on a blank surface, scary and exciting. I almost hate to go any further. But I know I would just stay at that point called “birth,” and there is so much more to explore!
Maria Mikhailas visionary art
Photos of Maria by Athena at athenaphotography.com.