In 2016 she began a career in freelance illustration, specializing in watercolor and trying to push the medium to its limits through constant experimentation. Since then Mariya has illustrated two award winning picture books, two books for private clients, and she has undertaken projects for Reeves International and other businesses. Her hummingbird illustration was selected for the Austin ArtBoards billboard contest, and her original work has been featured in fantasy and wildlife art collections.
She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, and velcro Border Collie, Lucky.
In addition she has served as the local advisor for ICON9 The Illustration Conference, and is a proud member of Changeling Artist Collective, The Bird Whisperer Project and SCBWI.
In her previous work life, Mariya has served as a regulatory affairs coordinator for a medical device consulting company managing medical device and cosmetics registrations in Europe and Asia.
She received a Biology degree with emphasis on pre-medicine from Baylor University.
Little Moss and Little Tree are the best of friends. They do everything together. One day, Little Tree grows into Big Tree. Can the two remain friends? And what will they do when a winter storm comes their way? Little Moss, Big Tree is a celebration of the friendships that leave lasting impressions, the moments in life that cause us to pause and reflect, and the enduring magic of the natural w... read more
Happy Papas, the follow-up book to CWLA's award winning Happy Mamas, is a beautiful read aloud that celebrates the wonder of fatherhood, exploring how both animal and human fathers shelter, nurture, and interact with their little ones. From ocean to sky and savanna to jungle, Happy Papas speaks to the universal joys of fatherly love.
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