Maria Reardon - Virginia

Maria Reardon, plein air artist

Maria Reardon is a Virginia native and a country girl at heart, with a love for the outdoors and the natural landscape. With a degree in illustration she pursued a successful career in advertising then returned to the focus of fine art. Painting and drawing have always been important to her, and she enjoys working in the plein air tradition for the creation of most of her work. She participates in plein air events and often travels, seeking out inspirational landscape locations, from coastal lands to mountainous vistas to urban scenes.  Her work is represented by several galleries around Virginia and she is a sought-after instructor for plein air classes and workshops.

Artist Statement

“My passion is plein air painting and the authentic experience of working directly from life. I approach painting as an opportunity to explore something new; a new subject matter, a new color or technique. That’s one of the things I love about plein air and painting from life, the experience will be different and exciting every time. I try to capture the essence of a scene and my paintings are just as much about a moment in time as about a specific scene or subject. Working in pastels and oils, I use vibrant colors in an energetic painterly fashion to capture the light and mood of a location.”