Maria Calandra was born in London in 1976 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In her paintings, Calandra explores natural landscapes with vibrant paletes and gestural shapes. Inspired by her wonderings in the wild, she translates into canvas the colors reflected on water, the twisting of tree trunks and roots, the repeating lines and organic structures of nature. Dense with detail, purposefully lacking depth, the paintings channel a stream of consciousness, pulling from both the real and imagined. Using a form of automatic painting to guide her mark making, she makes connections between observation and memory.