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Leather was born in Upstate New York, where she started
creating art at the age of 5. Although NYC has long since
become her home base for creativity, all parts of the
world have been a notable inspiration on her art and life.
Her formal training includes the study of Fine Arts and
Theater Dance at The State University of Buffalo. She
received her BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design at
The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She has always maintained a close relationship with the fine arts world, in addition to a career as a graphic, Web, multimedia, and fashion designer which has flourished over the years.
Leather's art, bright, colorful, and full of movement,
entices the viewer to come closer. Each piece has variant
depth and a life of its own. Never getting too literal,
she allows for viewer interpretation. Her enthusiastic
drive stems from life itself and all its myriad influences.
Skillfully combining her strong passion for the art of
the Masters with her fascination of modern technology,
Maria has produced a unique combination of the old and
the new. All paintings are rendered on her computer, then
printed on special papers, linen, or canvas. Most are reworked with pastels, paint, hand made imported papers, found objects, and other media. The results... a fascinating twist on the term "multimedia".
She exhibits in galleries through out NYC. Salmagundi Club, Cork Gallery-Lincoln Center, Audubon Artists, Pace Downtown Gallery, and Barnes & Noble are a few of her key exhibitions. She has received several
awards. Her art has been reproduced in several venues
such as the 1998 publication of The Arts and Sciences
Annual, OXYMORON volume 2, THE FRINGE.
If you would like to take a little side track to view
Portfolio...Go for it!
If interested in viewing her complete Fine Arts, Graphics
and/or Fashion Design portfolio please contact her at
her email address.