Mixed Media Artist


Independent Will

18″x24″ mix media/encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red. This painting is available in my Etsy shop HERE or directly from me maria@mariapacewynters.com

Layaway is available for this painting.

The inspiration behind this painting:

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Charlotte Brontë


This last week in Alberta, Canada we elected someone into power who is threatened by people who do not fit into a tidy neat little box.  It wasn’t a surprise to me, I knew Jason Kenney was going to get elected. For all of the time I have lived in Alberta, the conservatives have been in power. The last four years have a been an anomaly. I do not want to get political. I try to avoid it at all costs but this is not about politics. This is about human rights.

It hurts my heart to know that people from the LGBTQ community are worried and scared because the UCP have a majority government.  We have to stand up for these human beings, because it starts with taking away their rights  and ends with taking away all of our rights. No person, group or government should hold the power to take away  another’s free will.  We are all free… we are no birds … we are not ensnared in a net (YET) … we are free human beings with independent will.  We must stand together for this to remain true.  We must stand up against anyone that tries to impede that freedom for our fellow human beings. We cannot be silent.


Float Above It



This  is a mixed media/encaustic painting on wood. It is  12″ x36″  and has 1.5″ deep sides that are red.

This painting is available HERE

When you’re in the muck you can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see the muck but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other things too. That’s the consolation of philosophy.

David Cronenberg

I remember as a kid having a balloon and accidentally letting the string go and watching it just float off and into the sky until it disappeared. And there’s something about that, even, that feels very much like what life is, you know, that it’s fleeting, and it’s temporal.

Pete Docter

Tender Warrior

Tender-Warrior10″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are red and are 1.5″ deep.

This painting is available HERE

I have felt angry for weeks, maybe even months. An anger burning right below the surface of my skin. I have vibrated with this anger.  I was an angry warrior. I went from hearing “it’s nothing” to hearing “mastectomy” in a matter of 6 months, and I was pissed.

The other day when they finally gave me the surgery date,  that anger disappeared and was replaced with sadness.  I feel sad. My heart is so tender right now and my tears flow easily.  I am now the tender and sad warrior, I wear my heart on the outside of my skin.  I feel  raw with emotions.

To be honest, I prefer this feeling of sadness.  Anger is such a difficult emotion. It is so violent and irrational, so toxic. It made me crazy, like I wanted to escape my own self. Run away from my own mind. I felt out of control.   I feel more myself than I have for awhile.  I have always been a melancholy sort of person so this is much closer to normal to me and it also allows me to feel grateful.  I am  grateful because this is not a death sentence.  I am one of the lucky ones. I know that. I am allowing myself to feel the tender sadness of knowing my life has been changed. I am different now and I don’t know if I will ever be the same again. My sadness is allowing me to find bravery that comes from kindness and peace, not a bravery that comes from anger and fear.   I have moved forward in my journey and although I know I have a long road ahead of me, I feel more at peace then I have in a very long time. I am embracing my tender warrior and thanking her for giving me a little bit of my self back.

“The ideal of warriorship is that the warrior should be sad and tender, and because of that, the warrior can be very brave as well.”
― Chögyam Trungpa


Diptych Portrait




These 10″x20″ portraits work together and by themselves giving you the freedom for each child to have their own portrait when they are grown.

Portraits start at $500. (currently a 4 month waiting list to start a portrait).

On completion of  the portrait, prints can be made for family members so everyone can enjoy the painting of your child.




Pink Roses


12″x12″ mixed media/encaustic painting on wood.  The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

Evening Dreamer


9″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.


Night Blooms


3″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
― Masaru EmotoSecret Life of Water

The Passing Time


5.5″ x11″ mixed media on paper. This painting is on rag paper and would need to be matted and framed by you.

This painting is available HERE

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.




6″x10″ mixed media painting on paper. This painting will have to be matted and framed by you.

This painting is available HERE

It is such a secret place, the land of tears.


Red Poppies

Red-Poppy-28″x10″ mixed media/encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″  deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE