Montgomery Art Association

July Member Spotlight: Marie Riccio

26 Jun 2022 3:55 PM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

Lives in: Rockville, MD                                    


Social Media:

Maria is on Facebook and Instagram.

Media and subjects: My media is mainly oil paint although I sometimes paint with gouache if time is restricted or I am not able to transport my oils. My main subject is still life but I also paint the landscape as well as the figure.

Why you joined MAA: I joined MAA for the opportunity to connect with a community of local artists.

Something fun about you: During the summers of high school and college I worked as a puppeteer, putting on shows at the local beaches on Long Island.

Artist Biography: Art has always been a part of my life whether through creating or viewing it. I started my art journey as an abstract painter, but after earning an MFA from University of Pennsylvania, I fell in love with observational painting

Over the years, I have gravitated towards still life painting in the studio. Still life painting gives me the joy of orchestrating objects to create an emphasis on color, light and composition and the chance to play with abstract ideas. Most of my still life paintings contain personal stories that are revealed to me during the painting process. I also enjoy plein air painting on a regular basis and paint or draw the figure as often as I can.

For many years I worked as a graphic design and this has also influenced my work. I grew up outside of New York City and moved to Rockville more than 20 years ago. I have exhibited my work in the Washington, DC area and beyond. I am an artist member of TAG/The Artists Gallery in Frederick where I served for six years on the board including as president for two years. I have also curated still life exhibits promoting this often-overlooked genre at both The Washington Studio School and VisArts in Rockville. 

Please enjoy several of Marie's wonderful still life paintings. 

Amongst the Turmoil 12x12

Amongst the Turmoil  12x12" oil

Young Love 16x16" Oil 

Perfect Diamond 20x20” oil

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