2021 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants
Maria Sammartino – Riverton, NJ
I was born into a family of artists and have spent many years creating art alongside my grandfather and brother. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, I found myself immersed in painting on a daily basis in order to help alleviate the physical pain that MS can cause. I have been a featured artist in local South Jersey juried shows and exhibitions, and currently have paintings hanging at the Perelman Center in Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and Medford Community Center.
I have always been drawn and intrigued by abstract art in landscape scenes and everyday life, and thus present the viewer with a challenge in self-described “imagined landscapes” and abstract art that often defy rules of perspective and dimension. Each painting is different from the next, and not easily described. I mix a vibrant palette in what seems to be endless layers and texture, challenging the viewer to label or describe them easily.
The Golden Hour