Maria Schechter was born in Pasadena and now reside in the Sacramento region of Northern California. For over 20 years, she has been an active artist who works with color, language, text, and various textures. Her practice includes the use of oils, collage, and resin. Trained in painting and sculpture, she enjoys both equally. Maria loves to inspire curiosity, joy, and engagement in her work. Since becoming disabled on January 5, 2018 due to a car accident, her works have become increasingly more organic and fluid, utilizing objects from nature to create mandalas, and other forms intended for healing and raising the human spirit. Because she had at one point lost the use of her arms and hands, she became enamored with touch. Today, Maria's sculptural works are intuitively designed. They reflect natures curiosity, mysterious movement like water, and encourages engagement.