Who is Maria Baumann and what do you do?
Maria Baumann is an old fashioned illustrator, working mostly with watercolour, with only minor reliance on digital interference.
How would you define your style or art?
My aim is always to create gestural marks that are joyful rather than perfect
What inspires your work?
I love colour. Joburg is an extraordinarily colourful place. Distinctive colour palettes change from one part of the city to another, from one time of day to another. Just before a thunderstorm hits, the colours become particularly vivid. I like to imagine how to mix these colours with my watercolours.
What are you currently working on?
I am busy with a poster map of Africa that emphasises the built environment and history rather than simply animals, though there are animals too!
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Shamelessly self-promote, despite how uncomfortable it may make you.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
My two-year-old neighbour bangs on my door and demands to see the animal alphabet poster I just completed.
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