Maria Osorio Driscoll “Immersed in Hue”
IN THE HEART AND MIND OF MARIA OSORIO DRISCOLL
PH: Tell us about your family
MOD: I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. A beautiful, lively and colorful country! I have lived in Virginia since 1999 when I came to learn English for a summer that turned into forever when I met my husband Stephen! Together we have two amazing boys. Andrew 9, Luke 5 and Coleman my faithful studio companion who is an 11 year old German short haired pointer.
PH: Also, can you describe the moment that you first realized that creating was something you had to do?
MOD: Ever since I remember I have been drawn to art and creating. Creating has always been part of who I am, from being a compulsive doodler, making “pictures” with rocks and sticks, tearing paper, painting, I am always creating something! Also, I feel very fortunate that my parents always supported and encouraged me to follow my dream of being an artist since I was a little kid by providing lots of colorful supplies and diverse art lessons.
PH: And, what kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
MOD: I am always mesmerized by the world around me so I feel like I am always collecting color and shape “notes” just by looking around. I am in the studio most week days from 9-2:3O while my boys are in school. Also, I love painting at night when life is a bit more quiet! Having some structured studio time is very important for a very unstructured person like me, because as Picasso would say ” inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
PH: How many people do you fall in love with everyday?
MOD: My two boys, over and over again! Can’t believe I am so lucky!!!
PH: Many of your paintings are of the Blue Ridge mountains, what do they mean to you?
MOD: I love mountains. In Colombia, where I am from, we have the Andes which are the most glorious, huge mountains!!! It’s hard to describe, but they are like a giant witness, like something way bigger than us watching over. Also, a reminder of how little we are in the vastness of the world, the same kind of feeling as the ocean. I am constantly mesmerized by nature!
PH: And, do you have a favorite quote?
MOD: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” Winston Churchill
PH: What did you learn from your mom?
MOD: Fearlessness! She is the the most fearless person I know, fearless at loving, learning, helping and encouraging others, forgiving, pursuing dreams, persevering , and getting it done.
PH: What are you trying to communicate with your art?
MOD: As an artist, I want to translate the natural beauty I see all around me using color and movement. I see my paintings as a refuge, an oasis for the viewer to loose themselves in. This quote from fellow color lover, interior decorator Dorothy Draper resonates with me; it describes perfectly the kind of escape I want to create for my self and for the viewer with my art: “There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe.”
PH: Thank you for sharing your passion with all of us and welcome to Palette!