Artist Statement:

I am an American painter and an artist with a disability. In January of 2018 I was hit by four vehicles while driving highway 17. It resulted in losing my ability to feel my arms and hands. After a few surgeries I am now working with partial use of my arms and hands. Pain is something consistent while I am working. However, when I am in 'the zone' I can't feel the pain of painting. It always comes the following days after I paint. But, it's worth it! I was born in Pasadena, California and raised most of my life in Northern California. I have traveled to 17 countries and feel my work is best defined by rich colors, historical documentation and our relationship to nature.


We have entered an era where our emotions consume us, our ideologies divide us, our culture binds us, and our beliefs build barriers. Yet we all share a humbling commonality with all other life forms; our breathe, the air we breath, gives life to all the world.  My work steps back from the noise and documents fundamental changes in our culture. I use public space to create a public voice for and a public consciousness about acts of courage, kindness, and compassion. I am making more of what I want to see in the world.

I enjoy bringing together a variety of techniques into one painting. When I paint, I compose and feel inspired by music and musical techniques. I freestyle language, words, and phrases that capture the core of the painting's essence. Today, I focus on the intricacies found in geometric methodology. From two seemingly opposing concerns and approaches, I look to achieve a balance between history and hybridity, and micro and macro landscapes of language. Each finished piece is my greatest contribution from Source, and they act as a mudrā, which is a spiritual gesture and my energetic seal of authenticity.

Maria Medina-Schechter

Artist | Curator | Educator
Inspiring Reads

The Inner World of DayDreaming

Jerome L. Singer

Creative Quest

Quest Love

Art & Physics

Leonard Shlain

Jerry Saltz

How to be an Ari

The Greatest American Crime Story: American History

5ft.x4.5ft., oils and collage on canvas.

June 19th, 2020.

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