Maria grew up in Sweden but moved to London in 2001. She went on to study BA Illustration at University of Westminster, achieving a first class honours degree. After graduating she has been working as a freelance illustrator with clients including Time Out and Condé Nast. Maria was recently shortlisted for Waterstone's Picture This competition. The Picture This competition was Macmillan and Waterstone’s search for a new children's book illustrator for Julia Donaldson.
Maria lives in south London with her husband and two children.