Maria Mucharska was born in Poland in 1958 and emigrated to England in 1989 – she now lives in Old Trafford. She describes herself as an amateur photographer who also enjoys working with computer generated photography and painting. Of herself, Maria says:
“Painting is part of everything I do now. I’m a very enthusiastic artist and I’m interested in every medium. Painting, especially in oils, is my favourite medium. I can completely lose myself in my art, there are no boundaries, no restrictions my imagination takes me into an unknown world of colour and fantasy.
I’m extremely influenced by dramatic contrasts of light, shade or shining, reflecting surfaces in nature. I like to capture the moment on camera, scan it onto my computer to design my final piece”.
She attended North Trafford College and studied A-Level Art & Design and continued later St Bedes College in Manchester. As part of her Art Course she started with ceramics went on to photography and finally computer experimentation.
Maria has submitted to many national art competitions, and two of her paintings were shortlisted for the SAA International Competition, “The Artist of the Year” Awards 2000 and 2001.
(See https://www.saa.co.uk). Many of her photographs have been published in cats and dogs magazines, especially in “All About Cats” and “All About Dogs” magazines.
Her pet photography has been so successful that she regularly contributes to magazines, including “Cat World” as well as several times in “Amateur Photographer” in the Mike Maloney’s photo assessment column. One of her photographs was shortlisted in the photographic competition “Visions of Science”, which was organised by Novartis and supported by NESTA. (See https://www.visions-of-science.co.uk/winners2003/win-06.htm). Her photograph “Boiling Water” was exhibited in two touring exhibitions around the UK from October 2003 and throughout 2004.
The range and scope of Maria’s work is too large to show more than a few small examples here, but she has a substantial gallery website at www.mucharska.me.uk, where all of her work can be seen.
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