Maria O'Toole is a Wellington based Artist and Senior Drawing Tutor at CoCA, Massey University. Maria is a current confirmed PhD Candidate. She has exhibited at Toi Poneke Gallery in 2015, The Samuel Marsden Residency Solo Exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in 2015. She has been a Parkin Prize finalist in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a Wellington Regional Art Award finalist in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in France where she was selected for a three-month international artist in residence program in 2015.
Her drawing practice engages with a contemporary attitude in drawing that explores resilience, risk and empathy through environmental projects. She creates abstracted drawings influenced by sensory experiences of space and observations of the rhythms within them. She translates her fragmented thoughts and experiences along with collected scientific information into visual scores. Her PhD research focuses on global environmental issues with an interest in how they unfold at a local level.