Maria Reardon paints the world around her. Working primarily in pastels, 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 pastels and plein air, using the vibrant and diverse colors of the pastel medium in a painterly fashion to represent the light and mood of a particular location.
"A painting is 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.”
Maria is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelors of Fine Art in illustration. She continued her studies of portraiture and landscape painting with many nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited in the Richmond area and is in private collections. She has received awards during plein air events and gallery shows and has had her work published in the Pastel Journal, July/August 2017 issue. She enjoys working in the plein air tradition, working directly from life for the creation of most of her pastel paintings. She participates in plein air events and often travels for inspirational landscape locations.