Maria Fiorella is a Venezuelan-American artist with a passion for creating happy, colorful oil paintings, particularly animals and pets. Her earliest memories revolve around her love of coloring books and Prismacolor pencils… the bigger the set the better. Between ages 10-17 she received a formal oil painting education at Atelier Las Mercedes in Caracas, Venezuela. At age 18, she put aside painting to attend university, launch a career in Computer Science, and later a second career in real estate investments. Marriage, two children and life followed in the intervening 30+ years, and only after becoming an empty nester did she reclaim her passion for oil painting, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Fine Arts in the spring of 2020. She is a resident of both Virginia and Florida and lives with her husband and miniature poodle.