Ave Maria was born in Buffalo, New York, and is known as a master printmaker who specializes in landscapes that evoke moods and experiences of time. Using the color application of à la poupée, her images are realized with force and lucidity depicting scenes of known locales – inspired by places where she and her husband have lived or visited. Remote forests, lush creeks, moonlit woods, sinuous mountain tops – these are images of somewhere – a perceived visible reality. The works, whether etchings or paintings, are contemplative, brilliant moments of the artist’s visual memories.
Her work is in numerous permanent collections in New Jersey including Ayerst Laboratories, Bell Labs, Monmouth University, Monmouth County Park System, and Ocean County College.
She received an B.F.A. in Printmaking at Daemen College, Buffalo, New York; and an M.A. in studio art education at Kean University, Union, New Jersey.