When Maria was a little girl in class, the teacher would give the students instructions for the lesson of the day, and at the end of the class, regardless of the lesson, you would find her work to be the same:
She was always drawing people’s faces.
When she was in high school, her social studies teacher, recognizing her pre-occupation with looking and feeling beautiful remarked: “Being so vain and into physical appearance isn’t going to get you ANYWHERE in life…”
He was wrong.
Maria, at the tender age of 25 was a “veteran” in the highly competitive Vancouver film industry. In her teens, trying to make ends meet, she worked in restaurants waiting tables and hostessing and in unfulfilling desk jobs, waiting for her “big break” that would allow her to pursue her passion for makeup full time. She volunteered on film sets, persevered, and her belief in herself never allowed for her to listen to outside voices that told her: ” It’s too hard to get in to the industry.” Her break came when she landed her first paid film gig in the winter of 2002 and she had a new career.
Under the watchful eye of Emmy-award winning artist Rebecca Lee (Tin Man, Kaya, Harper’s Island, and many more) and other talented artists, Maria learned the tricks of the trade, while incorporating her own unique style.
After several requests from talented actresses in the Vancouver and L.A. film and television industries for photo shoots and press work, Maria has recognized her desire to expand her specialty into photography shoots.
Whether it’s making a celebrity look their best, or making a bride look like a celebrity, Maria is living her life’s mission when she is making the women of the world look and feel as beautiful as they possibly can.