Maria Sears is a self-taught artist and maker living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Maria runs her own business making jewellery, sculpture and prints. As a devoted maker, who loves tools and materials, she creates exciting 2D and 3D work using everything from tissue paper to used copper water tanks.
Maria’s love of picture books brought her to the Pathways Into Children’s Publishing programme, where she has been lucky enough to learn from the best.
Maria is passionate about illustration and books; she has experienced first hand the power a book can have in transforming lives, through her work with children who have learning disabilities. She runs workshops in schools and at events, and will be taking her Pathways experience with her into these sessions.