Maria created this painting after a visit to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, Philippines. Venturing into the caves and surrounding park, she witnessed stalactites and stalagmites, huge chambers and a range of flora and fauna. This work captures the wonder of the place in Maria's signature bright, stylized technique. A figure peers up with her headlamp, revealing the vastness of the space and the colorful plant life.

- Maria Stabio

Cave Gazer

Acrylic painting on wood
Natural wood edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on back

36" h x 24" w x .75" d
8 lbs. 0 oz.



Maria Stabio
Barnesville, Pennsylvania

Getting to Know Maria

Pennsylvania-based artist Maria Stabio paints brightly-colored, multi-layered compositions that depict objects from everyday life. Beginning with color-block planes as a background, she overlaps recognizable shapes to create the layers in her paintings. The effect of her unique process resembles light passing through a stained-glass window. The objects she chooses to portray, which include light bulbs, leaves, sandals, and showerheads, are inspired by her trips to visit her family in the Philippines. For Maria, these objects symbolize the subtle differences in the daily life in America and the Philippines. While the subjects Maria depicts are originally based on her own personal experience, each object is highly stylized and reduced to its simplest form. This process resembles the transformation of experience into memory.