Maria Schumacher was born in rural Germany, then moved t o England, where she attended a private school and focused on painting under t he tutelage of local painter Ted Roberts. After living in London for nine years, she traveled across Europe, India and Australia by motorcycle, before settling in Vancouver, Canada.
Having initially pursued a career in Accounting, she has returned to her passion for painting. Her work is influenced by her travels and multicultural background. It explores anthropological observations in different regions and resonance between people and their environment.
Maria is actively involved with the local arts community through open studio days and the Eastside Culture Crawl and her paintings have been exhibited at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver, at the Federation of Canadian Artists on Granville Island, at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, at the Bentall Gallery in Downtown Vancouver and at the North Van Arts Gallery.
The world is an incredibly beautiful place and people are immensely kind and helpful. On my travels across Europe, Eurasia and Australia I experienced the most magical moments with people and in breathtaking places. My art explores those resonating moments, sharing the experiences through colours and patterns.
To me everything has a colour: every emotion, the quality of every moment, each kind of character, even every number and letter of the alphabet. The colours are intrinsically linked to the feelings that experiences raise or the qualities a person or item has. I mainly use acrylic paint as well as spray paint and sometimes I incorporate an object that was part of the moment within the painting. The colours come together, mix and overwrite in different movements, conveying emotions and qualities.
Resonating moments and deep connections can be found everywhere around us if we allow ourselves to be open and vulnerable to the unknown. Yet the media spreads fear of other people and strange places and as we retreat to our comfort zone daily monotony creeps in unnoticed. The world becomes a grey and bland place as we lose perception of colour and taste. Such an existence is horrifying and I find myself wanting everyone to experience how wonderful this world and its people are. I paint both from treasured memories collected on my travels as well as from new experiences on long walks through the streets and alleys of Vancouver.