Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.​

Maria Montoro-Edwards is our eightteenth #NEPACreative of 2017. Maria brings creativity to the area through pastel landscapes and figures.

Maria expressed, “I always knew art would be part of my life. I think the Crayola box of 64 crayons started my passion for art.”

Her favorite place to paint is outside or “plein air”! “There is a peace that comes over me when I set up the easel on a beach or along a lake. When I paint on-site, I do little or any reworking back in the studio. I will often take photos and complete small color studies on site and use these as reference for larger paintings done in the studio,” explained Maria. “When I paint at home, I always have music on. When I am on location, I would rather hear nature’s sounds. OK, I also enjoy a glass of wine while working too!”

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