Calendar Month: May 2020
Underwriter: EW Consultants, Inc.
About the Artist: Maria McCadden
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, artist Maria Gullberg-McCadden has been drawing and painting all her life. Maria often received art awards throughout her early education and credits her high school art teacher, Richard Ressel, with instilling in her a deeper appreciation for the arts.
While attending Moore College of Art from 1981-1983, Maria was exposed to the exciting and vibrant Philadelphia art scene. Working as an assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s library helped to ignite her passion for education and art history. With a shift in career focus, Maria attended Millersville University to study Art History and Studio Art, where she earned her BA in Art.
In 1993, Maria moved to Port St. Lucie with her two small children and started teaching art at St. Anastasia School in Ft. Pierce. After 22 years of teaching she followed her heart’s passion for helping people on the margins and traveled to New Mexico to serve as a missionary teacher at St. Francis School, which serves the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Back in Florida and semiretired from nearly 25 years of teaching art, Maria has returned full circle to her first and best gift: Painting!
Working mostly in oil paints and watercolors, Maria will often work in other mediums as her subject directs. Her many experiences and interests uniquely inform her mission, which is to remind people, through her landscapes and nature paintings, of the joy and wonder that is abundantly present in all of creation.
Maria is a member of the Martin Artisans Guild and the Arts Council of Martin County. Advocating for local at-risk youth and Mangrove Forests, a percentage of her art sales is donated to the Boys & Girls Club and the Mangrove Action Project.