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Maria “Ria” Rouse

Artist Statement : As an artist who could never figure out the technical aspects of painting or drawing, I finally found solace in the ability of turning people into art through photography. Using most times children and women, these painterly vintage images are as simplistic as possible, allowing the solemn expression, elegant clothing, and the eyes of the subject tell the story. The stories are of royalty, power, confidence, triumph, nature, and fairytale lore. There is a bit of magic released in the studio every time my shutter clicks and unlocks the melanin royalty of a child to show them the young queen or king that they are. My work is inspired by the beauty of light and the comfort of the darkness.


Highly Recommended, Event Photography Awards, 2016


Mantra Wellness, 2018