Hello, my name is Maria Smith and this is my official website. I am an art lover with a food obsession, and I specialize in acrylic-based paintings as well as graphic design. (Although I dabble in many mediums.) When I am not making art, or writing about food, I make tutorials for various mediums and post them online. You can see some of my work on my Tutorial page.
I have many hobbies, but my favorite passtime is photographing and writing about food. I run a side-blog, Sometimes Foodie, that updates daily. (You can read more about that below in my Sometimes Foodie section.) I also create art-related lessonplans for educators. You can find my downloadable teaching products in my store or on the website Teachers Pay Teachers. I am able to do commissioned clay work, digital coloring, photo editing, graphic design, and paintings. If you are in need of some artsy assistance, send me an email. I would be happy to help you.
Poison & Antidote? Where does the name come from?
The name comes from an online, etsy, shop I have been running for several years. My name, Maria Smith, is quite plain and there are millions of "Maria Smiths" in the world. (Don't believe me? Just check facebook.) I wanted something catchy and unique that would be sure to set me apart from the crowd, and Poison & Antidote was it.
How I got started:
I have loved art since I was a child. It began with my admiration of the comics in the Sunday paper. I would draw fan-art of various characters, Garfield, The Powerpuff Girls, and Sailormoon for hours. Eventually I started taking classes in art and branched out into various mediums. I also began taking a hand drawn animation class outside of school (called Animation Arts) where I met wonderful artists who inspired me to grow. In high school I started painting with acrylics and working with duct tape, vinyl, fabrics, and recycled candy wrappers. After I recieved a sewing machine (a hand-me-down with no bobbin winder) I started sewing commissioned bags and purses. Then, in college, I discovered polymer clay and miniature sculpture. From there I began studying graphic design and sculpting. Now I try all mediums I can get my hands on.
What I am passionate about:
I am passionate about animals, their rights, and adoption, but I am also very passionate about Breast Cancer Awareness. I participate in the local Breast Cancer walk every year and donate when I can. My amazing Aunt had a double mastectomy a few years ago, after losing her mother and sister to cancer, and she's an inspiration. I strongly support all efforts to cure cancer and raise awareness about home-testing. Recently I have also become more interested in organ donation and what organs can be donated from a live donor. You can see some work related to that on my design page.
What is Sometimes Foodie?
Sometimes foodie is my online side project that is completely dedicated to food. I post food photography, reviews, recipes, and information. It started out as a hobby, but it has become something that I update daily. I have always loved food, and Sometimes Foodie has become my creative, and delicious, outlet. Although it started out as a hobby, it has given me new opportunities, and now I write food related articles for a pop culture blog.
What themes can be seen in my works:
Being a child of the late 80's, pop culture is very near and dear to me. I love the evolution of trends and styles, throw backs to different eras, and what is happening right now. Therefore, you can see a heavy pop culture influence in my graphic design work. I also love anatomical charts and internal organs. This lead to my interest in organ donation and creation of Bare Essentials, a design project of mine for an art show to raise awareness for the cause. We often forget the complex systems under our skin that allow us to function every day.
Also, a fairly obvious theme in my sculpture would be food. Ever since I can remember I loved sweets and junk food, so they are very common in my work.