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, play drums, 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.

Isa, 10/2/07, 10:49 AM,  8C, 8952x11406 (47+167), 150%, Repro 2.2 v2,  1/10 s, R110.5, G77.6, B72.8

I keep on living with the fullness of the One, Like the heat of the sun Or the skin on the drum.

Michael Franti

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Paddling Kauai's Na Pali Coast