Maria Schoettler studied painting at UC Santa Cruz. Her flair for color work became rooted in careful practice and grew into an artisan’s knowledge of how pigments interact on palette, canvas and page. Since that time, she has brought her attention to the subtleties of human expression over to the world of plants, flowers, roots, and fruits.
A skilled and joyful cook, Maria has a flirtatious relationship with fruits and vegetables which lends an energetic vibe to her deliciously observant illustrations. She is best known for her “Eat Local” produce calendar, a month-by-month guide to seasonal eating, which she has been imagining and reimagining each year since 2008. That project opened the way for a whole array of illustrated goods, all of them little tributes to the beauty of natural things and the pleasures of a life lived healthily and sustainably.