For projects, commission requests, and school visit inquiries, email

Mariya has been freelancing since October 2015. In that time, her work has been published in The Journal:  Art Order Invitational, she has illustrated three picture books  for private clients, one for the publishing division of Child Welfare League of America, and had a pleasure to work with Reeves International among various clients.  Her hummingbird work won the ArtBoard billboard contest in Austin, TX.

In addition she has served as the local advisor for ICON9 The Illustration Conference, and is a proud member of Changeling Artist Collective, The Bird Whisperer Project, and SCBWI. 

Self-taught in art, she completed her degree in Biology with emphasis on medicine at Baylor University. Mariya currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their velcro Border Collie, Lucky.


"Little Moss and Big Tree" written by M Yap Stewart - coming 2018

"Happy Papas" written by Kathleen Pelley, CWLA - coming Father's Day 2018

Exhibitions and Conventions


ComicPalooza (Houston, TX) - Memorial Day weekend

Rose City Comic Con (Portland, OR) - Sept 7-9


Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (Kansas City, MO)

Comicpalooza (Houston, TX)

Alamo City Comic Con (San Antonio, TX)

Rose City Comic Con (Portland, OR)


"Castle of Dreams: A Studio Ghibli Tribute Art Show" (Houston, TX)

Terra Toys Gallery - Fairy Show (Austin, TX)

Artists and Artisans Festival (Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX)


Terra Toys Gallery - Christmas Show (Austin, TX)

Terra Toys Gallery - Halloween Show (Austin, TX)

School Visits

Union Hill Elementary School (Round Rock, TX)

St. Andrew's Episcopal Middle School (Austin, TX)

Projects and Memberships

ICON9 The Illustration Conference (Advisor)

Changeling Artist Collective (Member)

SCBWI (Member)

Women's Illustration Retreat (Planner)

Spark Celebrations Event Planning (Event Planner)