My name is Maria Arias, also known as Maria, which is my artist name. I was born in El Paso, Texas. I live with my husband, daughter and mother in Champaign, IL. I write poems and stories for children and draw illustrations, painting and other visual arts. The media I use includes ink, color pencil, acrylic paint, water color, color pencils and digital media (paint and gimp). I love to express myself in art and share with everyone.