About The Artist
isa Maria has been drawing people since before she could write her name. Obsessed with the beauty of the human form, she spent her childhood sketching her classmates and teachers, doodling fancy ladies in the margins of her homework, writing volumes of comics, and illustrating fairy tales.
After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and dance at Antioch University, she raised three children and a herd of milk goats on a farm in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. There she learned about gardening and herbal medicine, chopping wood and environmental activism, counseling and African drumming.
Isa’s children, now grown up, are her favorite models and can be seen in many of her paintings. She lives on the island of Kauai, where she loves to paint, dance, sleep under the stars, and swim with dolphins or whales. She teaches Nonviolent Communication and is the founder of Love Tribe drum and dance ensemble and Aloha Africa cultural exchange project.
I keep on living with the fullness of the One
Like the heat of the sun
Or the skin on the drum.
Comments on isa’s Work
“You have the most uncanny ability to access the “aumakua” (essence) of a person; when I look at your paintings, I can see the person’s spirit shining through as their most exalted and authentic Self. I love your paintings so much. You must live in an amazing world to be able to see so deeply into the beautiful soul of a human being.”
Richard Diamond – Kauai
“Isa’s art can transform mundane reality into the mystical power of Nature.”
Lezlie Combs – Columbus, Ohio
“The quality of light and the beauty of the form are an intimate expression of the human being in its natural state of innocence. Each painting is a taste of the Garden of Eden.”
Devin Ratheal – Kauai
” What is so unique about Isa’s art is the way she captures a person’s expression, the look in their eyes.”
Isabelle Fisher – Kauai
“Isa paints the magic that she sees and that she lives.”
Bridgit – Floyd, Virginia