Maria Villegas – Fine Art
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have been an artist since I remember. First, I discovered dance and singing, later painting and drawing. One of my cousins was a professional artist and was my mentor. He encouraged me to sketch my surroundings and nature. After my college years, I worked as a professional instructor and teacher, and even as an art dealer before I came to the United States in 1991. In 1993, I became an Arkansas Arts Council Artist in Residence, and since then, I’ve been developing myself as an artist and as an educator. I like painting and drawing in any medium. I teach because I like to communicate what I know. I also teach because it is like magic. I give and receive at the same time. Students’ responses to my classes inspire me to create new projects. In my teaching, I hope to make students appreciate life and the world around them. I enjoy helping them through the process of discovering and experimentation. Our world is full of traditions and art, so the more we learn about them the better. To do this, I often add music, movement and some Spanish language. Art regenerates the individual who becomes involved in it. Through making art, children and adults learn about themselves, to trust in their own experiences, and see their products as a source of pride.