Maria Josenhans has been practicing art for more than three decades. Her early formal training at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, laid the groundwork for her ever evolving sensibilities, the focus of which is a connecting and reconnecting with the natural world. Her painting career has been directed, informed and inspired by long periods of immersion in travel, dance, and large format photography. Painting both outdoors on location and in her North Vancouver studio, she plays back and forth between representational and abstract work allowing each painting to find its own path. She believes there can be no substitute for what happens in response to direct observation and invites her outdoor painting to provide the creative impulse and information for all of her work. Her aim is not to have the viewer experience what she sees and feels but to create a space that shares a tender tribute to the ordinary.
Maria has taken part in several Invitational Plein Air events including Paint the Peninsula, Washington, and Paint the Mountain, West Vancouver. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Grand Prize at the Kilby Plein Air Festival, Harrison Mills, BC, the Don S. Williams Grant, North Vancouver, BC, the Stafford Plant Award and Honorable Mention for Best Landscape at the Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC, to name only a few.
Maria’s work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout Canada, the US, and Europe. She is represented by the Buckland Southerst Gallery, West Vancouver, BC; The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC; Art Interiors, Toronto, ON.
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