Joined Dec 19 2011
55 years old
Maria VanderMolen's Art - Dimensional Pointillism
Maria VanderMolen’s art has spanned many genres – from traditional oils to photography, from mosaics to graphic design – before turning to mixed media. Originally from West Michigan, Maria and her husband Scott moved to Las Vegas in 2006.
After obtaining her Degree in Arts/Media and Advertising/Public Relations from Grand Valley State University, she worked in the Graphic Design and Communications field. Somehow, she found her way into the world of Human Resources and Systems.
For many years, artwork was not a focus in her life. However, after losing her only son to cancer at age 14, Maria turned back to the healing power of artwork. The joy of art was once again sparked after meeting her current husband through his mother and an oil painting class.
The love of the desert and Southwest has been a recent theme in several works. Her unique style combines fabric, paint, markers, and found objects into pointillist works reminiscent of Australian aboriginal dotted paintings.
Together, Maria and Scott had produced a series of masks that were sold in the Lake Michigan community of Grand Haven. Maria is a three-year Board Member of the Vegas Artists Guild and has participated in several of the group’s shows. Her work has been shown at the PeaceNart Studio, La Chica Gallery and Jenny Valdez Gallery in the “World Famous” Arts Factory, Vegas Artists Guild College of Southern Nevada Shows in 2009 and 2010, Dinosaurs and Roses, City of the World Gallery and other locations throughout Las Vegas and Michigan.
In 2011 and 2012, Maria participated in RAW Artists in Las Vegas, a nation-wide organization. Both years, she was nominated as one of tthe semi-finalists for the City through on-line votes.