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Mariya was born by the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine and spent her childhood immersed in traditional folklore, Romantic literature and Soviet sci-fi. Self-taught in art from an early age, she also completed a degree in Biology Pre-Medicine at Baylor University, and upon graduating worked in medical device consulting.

In the fall of 2015 she began a career in freelance illustration, specializing in watercolor and trying to push the medium to its limits through constant experimentation. Since then Mariya has illustrated three picture books for clients, including the Child Welfare League of America, and she has undertaken projects for Reeves International and other businesses. Her hummingbird illustration was selected for the Austin ArtBoards billboard contest, and her original work has been featured in fantasy and wildlife art collections.

She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, and velcro Border Collie, Lucky.


"Little Moss and Big Tree" written by M Yap Stewart, Pebble and Moon

"Happy Papas" written by Kathleen Pelley, Child Welfare League of America

School Visits

Union Hill Elementary School (Round Rock, TX)

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

Leon Elementary (Jewett, TX)

Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)

Exhibitions and Conventions


Spectrum Fantastic Art Live/ Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO

Rose City Comic Con, Portand, OR


“Where the Wild Things Are” Insomnia Gallery, Houston

“Small Art for a Big Cause” Light Grey Art Lab

“Infinite Worlds: The Art of the Fantastic” group show
The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists

“Arboretum" show, Light Grey Art Lab

ComicPalooza (Houston, TX)

Rose City Comic Con (Portland, OR)


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)

Projects and Memberships

ICON9 The Illustration Conference (Local Advisor)

Changeling Artist Collective (Member)

SCBWI (Member)

Women's Illustration Retreat (Organizer)

Spark Celebrations Event Planning (Event Planner)