Maria Reardon, Rockville, Virginia
Maria Reardon paints the world around her. Working in pastels or oils, she loves being outdoors, immersed in nature, observing and experiencing everything going on around her. She's drawn to the unique and ever-changing relationships of form and color. Her passion is painting on location, plein air, using vibrant and diverse colors in a painterly fashion, to represent the light and mood of a particular location.
“My desire is to draw the viewer into a world of vibrant color and visual enchantment. I strive to engage people to see the world around them with a new sense of emotion and pleasure. My paintings capture the essence of a scene and are just as much about a moment in time as about a specific scene or subject.”
Maria is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. She continued her study of the portrait and the landscape with nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited and is in private collections. She has received awards during plein air events and gallery shows and has had her work published.
She enjoys working in the plein air tradition, working directly from life for the creation of most of her paintings and she often travels for inspirational landscape locations. She participates in plein air events and is currently represented by Cabell Gallery (Lexington VA), Franco's Fine Clothier (Richmond VA) and Allure Art Center (White Stone VA).