Orlando artist Maria Barry likes to look on the “brighter side of life” which is evident in her delicate yet dazzling watercolor paintings. Maria exhibited an artistic flair from an early age but was discouraged by her parents to pursue an art career in favor of getting a proper job.
Maria worked for many years in the travel industry, sparking a new passion to travel., which eventually took her to America. While still pursuing a career in Travel, she joined the largest gallery in Central Florida, exhibiting her watercolor paintings, and was encouraged to be the President of that gallery, a title she maintained for 10 years. Being self taught, she started teaching the skills she had learned to her students, the way she would have liked to have been taught herself.
Maria is proud to have a permanent exhibit of her animal paintings at Gatorland, and also
Universal Studios in Florida, where she paints regularly in public. She has been commissioned to do a series of paintings for hospitals in Florida, and California where her art is displayed to help sick children heal through visual art. Maria also volunteered to furnish a suite at the Ronal Mc Donald Children's hospital for terminally ill children, donating her paintings.
Maria was asked to teach at Stetson University in Celebration Florida, and volunteers her time each year through their enrichment program, teaching watercolor classes and giving lectures. She also teaches watercolor classes on a weekly basis in several adult active communities.
Being self taught, Maria has witnessed that painting is a learned skill and a good teacher can enable skills in a person that might not have been thought possible.
Living her dream, Maria also teaches several times a year on cruise ships on sea days, affording her the travel she so loves, taking her to the exotic places and inspiring others through her work.