Maria Malatesta received the Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also studied at University of California at Davis. For the past 10 years she has studied with Timothy Hawkesworth in Pennsylvania. She has also taken numerous painting trips to Italy. She teaches at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA and privately in her Boston studio.

Maria is interested in color, light, and space and how these elements interact to evoke emotion and sometimes create beauty. She says, “I feel the natural world and beauty are the fundamental shelter for us all. ”

Maria will create new work for Sheltered.