Hello I'm Maria (Maz)

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to look at my work. I guess you are looking  at this because you need more information about me. Well let me see...


I was born in Birmingham in 1968, the eldest of 3 children. I have my own little family now and live in the lovely town of Henley in Arden.


I trained in graphic design when I was younger and worked for a company for many years creating magazine & brochure layouts. (Desk Top Publishing they used to call it). I also worked in a newspaper creating advertisements for companies to advertise in the various newspaper groups they had. I found it very interesting and varied work. Photoshop, Illustrator & Quark Xpress were my tools.


By the time I got to my mid 30's I decided to take a change of direction.. I basically turned my back on all things design.

Anyway, since then quite a lot has happened and  I decided to go back to design and specifically drawing. I didn't want to use a computer or any imaging software again. I wanted to do it by hand. I hadn't done this for a very very long time...and so the journey began.

It had been so long since I'd picked up a pencil that not even my son knew I could draw (he's a young man now).

However, with the support of family & friends I began to find that not only did I really enjoy drawing I was getting requests to do portraits too. People liked my work...this was a pleasant humbling surprise. I love drawing & painting portraits of people and animals. Getting that expression and character in my own style, captured in a piece of art that can be treasured for years.

And so there it is, this is my journey  I hope you can follow me on it and I thank you again for taking the time and interest. Please contact me if you would like more information about commissioning a portrait, it's so simple just click on the contact link or you can contact me through any of the social media links in the footer of every page.


Maria Smith (Mazartistry) people and animal portrait artist

About me

Life, Work & Journey

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Maria Smith (Mazartistry) people and animal portrait artist
Maria Smith (Mazartistry) people and animal portrait artist
Copyright © Maria Smith