Maria Martin-Smith Profile
I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in printmaking in 2009 at the Quay Scool of the Arts in Whanganui. As well as gaining the award for top student, I also won the prestigious Pattillo Scholarship. After graduation I moved to Hokitika and in April I began to set up a studio 'Black Nugget Press'. As well as catering for my own practise as an artist, I am aiming to run small printmaking classes there and in the longer term an artist residency. I am interested in New Zealand historic places and often use them as a point of departure for my work. I enjoy combining the traditional printmaking practices with sculptural elements, such as installation.