Maria Iva (Ivanova) is a visual artist who works in the media of painting and photography. She started as a stillife photographer and focused on exploring light brush technique which allowed her to create interesting light in her stillife images. Later she moved to painting to overcome the limitation of the camera and to produce more expressive artwork.
Today she focuses more on landscape painting. The subjects of her paintings are trees, grass, water and sand. As a landscape painter she tries to do most of her work on location (en plein air). She loves nature and painting outside, it gives her a lot of joy. In her work Maria uses a colorist approach. She is inspired by sun lit scenes with vibrant colors and she tries to pass on this excitement to her viewers. She has found that she gets the best results when she uses the pure pigment of soft pastels or paints with a palette knife in oils. When she works in her studio she uses a palette knife and brushes.
Maria’s art education includes several photography courses at Humber College in Toronto as well as painting courses at the Halliburton School of the Art. She studied landscape painting for 5 years in the studio of Johannes Vloothuis in Hamilton. She took workshops with nationally recognized artists: John Anderson, John Pryce, Brian Smith, Margaret Ferraro, Sam Paonessa in Canada. She also travelled to USA to study with Richard McKinley, Susan Sarback, Camille Przewodek and Lois Griffel.
Maria lives and works in Mississauga, Ontario.
You can view her work at www.mariaiva.com