Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Gilard.
Hi Maria, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My journey began a little after Covid 19 began. One day in May 2020, I was casually scrolling through Instagram and I ran across an ad of a beautiful painting. I’ve seen this type of art before but I never really knew the name of that particular form. Once I found out the name of it, I began doing tons of research on it. I was introduced to Resin/ Epoxy art. I then went through the rabbit hole of YouTube, lol.
I found out so much about different types of epoxies/ resins, how to incorporate different mediums into the art, crystals, pigments, mica powders, alcohol inks and anything shiny that could add more glamour or luxe to a painting. Although I was a little nervous to begin, I just knew I had to start. I created my first painting in May 2020. Once I created my first painting I uploaded onto Facebook. I was so nervous to do so because it was like I was really sharing my art and it was something so personal to me. I was completely being vulnerable. That first post took off and I was flooded with messages on Facebook on how such paintings could be purchased. I started to create more paintings and began doing pieces for commission. I then began to do other forms of art which included resin such as coasters, trays, charcuterie boards, and phone stands. I plan on working on dominoe sets, acrylic pours and even jewelry. This art form has so many avenues and I love it. I’ve been creating art ever since and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I believe that if something is placed on your heart, you just have to see it through.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road for me has been pretty smooth. I look at challenges as a form of strength building. Yes, I may have had slight bumps in the road but it’s all in how I take it in. Luckily we are in a world where we can find out everything we want or need to know by going online, by watching videos, reading a book, or by just simply asking someone for help or advice. When I have some challenges, I like to ask for help. What I did and what has really helped me was joining different art groups on Facebook with people who do the same type of art as I. I’ve also took a few courses from people whose art I admired and I’ve watched a ton of YouTube videos. The art community members that I have reached out to have been pretty kind and helpful and that has also helped me along the way.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Resin/ Epoxy Mixed Media Artist. I create luxury fine art and home decor. I am known for creating Resin/ Epoxy paintings. I am most proud of my paintings and the ability to create beautiful works of art for people. I am happy that people are interested in what I do and that they love my creativity and trust me to add my work into their spaces.
What sets me apart is that all of the things that I create are truly 1 of 1. No two paintings are the same (unless it’s a set, lol).
My paintings are all hand-drawn and handmade. Everything I create is amazingly detailed, high-quality, and glam.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I feel what’s most important to my success is God and consistency. I’m always creating or researching. I believe that if you keep pursuing your dream and keep going the eyes that are supposed to see and notice you will. I believe that everything we need to succeed is within us and we just have to believe that every single day. We lack nothing especially if it’s meant for us to do something.
- Email: Aletamaoriart@gmail.com
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AletaMaoriArt
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/aletamaoriart?r=nametag
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/aletamaoriart
The app that I used to display my paintings (with furniture or in a room) is called “ArtRooms”