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“Curiosity cultivates imagination and creativity.”
— M.M.

Maria Elena Miller was born in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico. Her parents immigrated to the US when she was only one month old. She became a citizen in 1997.

Maria’s interest in art began when she was eleven years old, when, after reading an article about Pablo Picasso, she was enchanted by the image of The Three Musicians, which she cut out and taped to her wall next to her bed so it would be the last thing she’d see before falling asleep and the first thing to see upon waking.

Maria has no formal training in fine art and is mostly self-taught, except for having studied drawing and design. She believes the most valuable lessons can be learned through studying the great masters and observing the human condition. Throughout her artistic career, Maria has experimented with acrylics, pastels, mixed media, collage, charcoal and ink.

After dedicating 16 years to sketching and painting, Maria has decided to pursue her second passion, the exploration of digital photography and its multifunctionalities.

She’s interested in studying more in depth the subject of post-processing, where an image is transformed and artistically altered through digital means and rendering it unrecognizable from its original state.

Maria is part of 10 West Gallery, a co-op of 15-20 members, where she exhibits every three months. In addition, she is filling the position of New Membership Director for the Abstract Art Collective.

She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband Scott, two dogs and one cat.