I'm Maria, an artist and illustrator based in South East London. I’m inspired by the natural world, by my travels, and childhood memories. I’ve loved painting and drawing ever since I was a little girl growing up in Romania. I was lucky to have a mum who encouraged my early artistic efforts. She used to sell my handmade cards in her office, and I’d earn extra pocket money by taking my work to local craft fairs. Later on, I did my Masters in Art at the University of Fine Arts in Cluj-Napoca and then spent time studying in Italy before moving to London and working as a graphic designer. Today I specialise in watercolour, which is my favourite technique. I love bold colours and botanical illustration, anything that evokes happiness and healing.