Native to Florida, Maria earned her BFA in drawing and painting from Florida State University in Tallahassee. There she became fascinated by images of wilderness, infrastructure and in-between places such as deserted gas stations on Interstate 75 and the Apalachicola National Forest. Despite her interest in putting paint, graphite and ink to surface, she quickly moved on to textiles and sculpture, and began studying in the MFA program for sculpture at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

She has since exhibited at 621 Gallery and SOUP Experimental in Tallahassee, The Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in downtown Thomasville, and Trio Gallery in Athens. Maria’s work was recently in a solo exhibition entitled Whim and Want at 621 Gallery and was included in an exhibition entitled "The Economy of a Woman’s Touch" in dialogue with a coinciding exhibition of international artist Ghada Amer’s work. Currently she is exploring memory affixed to domestic spaces as she moves toward her thesis at GSU.