About Maria Neary

Update: November 2013

After 40+ years of a successful art career and surviving a traumatic head injury in 2010, I was profoundly interested in changing the narrative of my life. I have used this time to volunteer for the Davis Phinney Foundation, I've gotten back on my bicycle and I began creating whimsical functional art pieces as a way to give back to a meaningful cause. I'm continually inspired by the relationships I've made in the Davis Phinney Foundation tribe. The new friends I have made who are living with Parkinson's, inspire me to keep going, give back, come up with creative ideas to fundraise, get stronger, ride the 78 mile Copper Triangle each August and to live well each day. I invest my time in the mission that it is possible to live well with Parkinson's. 

For more information, visit the foundation at www.davisphinneyfoundation.org

If you would like to support my fundraising, please feel free to contact me to learn how you can help.


I love making art and being in my studio, where time seems to stand still. Troubles fade. I have been making art for forty + years.

I gave myself a challenge to spend the year painting within a grid and seeing how and where it would take me. That was in early 2008 and I must like the challenge, as I am still working on it. The grids started out with very straight and square lines and have evolved into being more abstract. I continue to push my own boundary and am open to what will be next.

I’ve always loved reading maps and when I stand above one of my paintings and look down, I feel I am mapping a view of my world. Old photographs, maps and odd scraps of paper intrigue me. Eventually they can make their way into a painting. I work with acrylic paint on paper and canvas.

My background as an animator continues to influence my style. It’s the putting together of images and words to tell a story that continues to inspire me. A love of science, years spent as a scientific illustrator and a passion to know how things work, play a huge role when I pick up a paintbrush today.

I attended NYU and The School of Visual Arts In New York City from 1968 –1972. From 1971–1973 I was an animator in NYC. I continued commercial animation in Guatemala for several years, until moving to Boulder, CO in 1977.

A few of my favorite things are: hiking on a mountain trail, Nordic skiing, artist-in-residencies with local middle schools, road trips and early morning runs with Tug the dog.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 1978-2009

The Dairy Center for the Arts – Boulder, CO
Cogswell Gallery – Colorado Springs, CO
Mercury Framing – Boulder, CO
Stapleton Airport – Denver, CO
National Center for Atmospheric Research – Boulder, CO
Lucy LGB Gallery – Baltimore, MD
Robinson Rush Gallery – Atlanta, GA
NASA – Houston, TX
University of Bristol – Bristol, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions 1978-2009

New York Film Festival – New York, NY
The New York Public Library – New York, NY
Holter Museum – Helena, MT
Loveland Museum – Loveland, CO
Metro Center for the Visual Arts – Denver, CO
The Boulder Public Library – Boulder, CO
The Dairy Center for the Arts – Boulder, CO
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts – Boulder, CO
Maclaren Markowitz Gallery – Boulder, CO
University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
University of California – Davis, CA

Selected Corporate Commissions 1978-2009

Boulder Community Hospital – Boulder, CO
Tebo Family Cancer Center – Boulder, CO
Downtown Denver Partnership – Denver, CO
Park Meadows Mall – Denver, CO
Colorado Business Bank – Boulder, CO
Colorbook Paper Company – Dexter, MI
Marriott Hotel – Orlando, FL
Beth Israel Hospital – New York, NY