Jamie Bade
& Associates
Art Consulting

Maria D'Angelo

"I have always felt as if I was born with a pencil in my hand and everyone that has known me since that young age agrees. Although I reside in a charming East Coast town where open spaces and farms still exist, I have a natural affinity towards bringing to life the animals and people of the American West in my detailed drawings. The call of the west is always pulling me. I studied fine art in college, but feel that my talent is natural and has blossomed under the mentorship of acclaimed western artist, Krystii Melaine. I’ve spent much time traveling in the western US visiting countless museums, galleries and historic sites, and attending cultural events and equine competitions which inspire my artistic vision. My works usually begin with images I've taken during one of these trips, then evolve into compositions in which light against dark and fine details are the primary focus. It is the fine details that my clients and collectors most often remark about when they see my drawings. It is usually the first thing that draws a person to my work. They are always amazed by it. While I have worked in various mediums, it is pencil I most enjoy because it gives me great control and versatility. The precision of the pencil results in the viewer seeing an “energy” in my detailed art. I especially love mixing charcoal and carbon pencils. I am able to get deep blacks with charcoal along with fine details by overlaying with a carbon pencil. I’ve also recently begun to draw on cradled Ampersand Gessobord. I love working on this surface because it enables me to add layers of varnish on my finished drawings so they can be treated like oil paintings. They can be hung without the need of glass or even a frame. To me, art is a synthesis of my emotions, a subject that inspires me and my materials and techniques. Realism is my primary goal. I want my subjects to look as though they will come to life and leap off the paper."



19959 Mount Olive
Mountain View, MO 65548