2023 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants
Maria Sammartino – Riverton, NJ
Maria Sammartino was born into a family of artists and has spent many years creating art alongside her grandfather and brother. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, she found herself immersed in painting daily in order to help alleviate the physical pain that MS can cause. Maria has been a featured artist in local South Jersey juried shows and exhibitions and was featured on the cover of The International Journal of MS Care, and recently on the cover of Practical Neurology. She has paintings currently hanging at Penn Medicine, Jefferson Hospital, Voorhees Art Council, and has a permanent installation at the Burlington, NJ library.
Maria has always been drawn and intrigued by abstract art in landscape scenes and everyday life, and thus presents the viewer with a challenge in self-described “imagined landscapes” and abstract art that often defy rules of perspective and dimension. Maria mixes her vibrant palette in what seems to be endless layers and texture, challenging the viewer to label or describe them easily.