Maria Miller was born in Maryland in 1992 to a Filipino mother and a biracial Dutch/African-American father. She began teaching herself how to paint portraits in acrylic paint in 2006, and soon after began teaching herself oil painting techniques which is now her preferred liquid medium, while her illustration work largely remains in graphite and fine liner pens. Her creative motifs stem largely from briefly living in Japan when she was 4-5, with ideas of self-revelation later accumulated in her life. She began to hone her skills in order to be accepted into an art college, where she found herself studying advertising design at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011, right after high school graduation. in 2012 she began to apprentice a muralist who worked largely with spray paint, and helped create her first mural in Richmond, Virginia. Although learning how to use spray paint and mural work became a passion of hers she wanted to be able to improve and do more of, she put down the can for awhile to study, work at an engineering firm, and base more of her free time to paint with oil and acrylic. While working full time at an engineering firm in 2013, she enrolled full time at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Maria is now currently finishing her degree, and is a full time artist painting murals in and around the DC area while also continuing to do commissioned canvas works and live paintings.
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