Maria grew up in Holland, Her family had five people, seven bicycles and a Citroën Deux Cheveaux, which is basically an umbrella on four wheels, even though it survived many family camping trips to France. Their house had one bathroom, their supermarket sold one type of peanut butter, her bedroom was the size of an American closet and their fridge was the size of an American cereal box. Well, almost...
Some of Maria van Lieshout's favorite things remind her of her childhood: cycling through the city, cows, a cup of hot tea, fresh flowers...
Her native country also influences her art- Dutch artists that influence Maria's work are designer Marcel Wanders, illustrator Dick Bruna, painter Willem de Kooning... Their work is unexpected, expressive and emotional. They are masters in the art of saying much more with less. This is what Maria aspires to - capture energy and emotion with few lines and colors.
Maria and her husband Peter live in a 100-year old Victorian in San Francisco with creaky floors, where Maria has her studio and many cups of tea.
SPLASH! A Little Book About Bouncing Back, Feiwel and Friends Fall 2008
PEEP! A Little Book About Taking A Leap, Feiwel and Friends Spring 2009
Steven Malk, Writers House
Annick Press, Feiwel and Friends, Philomel
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