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Welcome to Maria Abey Art! I'm Maria Abeyesekere, a full-time artist living and working from home in the wilds of Sri Lanka. I have been working as an artist for over 20 years and I'm passionate about sharing my stories and emotions through art.My art blog is a place for both artists and art lovers alike. Here you will find a collection of my work, advice from my own experiences, a peek into my creative process and inspiring stories of fellow artists. I hope you enjoy exploring and learning with me

Discover the Inspiring Stories of Artists Making it to the Top - Sue Cowan

I am excited to introduce some of my favorite artists, and to share with you their inspiring stories of success. Every artist I mention here has honed their craft through countless hours of practice and dedication. I feature the best and the most creative artists from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of creativity and redefining the art scene. Visit their websites to explore their work and be inspired by their art.

By joining my mailing list, you will discover new artists, as well as read other important articles on art and my special offers. I'm excited to be able to share this experience with you and I hope you will join me on this journey.


Sue Ellen Cowan - Landscape & Wildlife Artist

A picture of artist Sue Ellen Cowan
Sue Ellen Cowan

Living on an acreage near Grande Prairie, AB, Canada, has brought Sue Ellen Cowan into almost daily contact with wildlife, which has been an inspiration for her to create pieces that reflect the beauty of the natural world.

Although she loved to draw, she really didn't have much time for it while raising 4 children. Determined to pursue her passion, she courageously self-educated herself through correspondence. When her youngest started school, she decided to take the plunge and went to work as an accountant and eventually ran her own accounting business for several years.

She began her artistic journey after retiring. She started painting ceramic dragons and doing decorative painting around the house and on furniture. As her skills and enthusiasm for art grew, Sue Ellen decided to invest in some canvases and paints. After discovering her passion, She says “What a joy it was to express myself in paint!”

She has had several successful solo exhibitions in a local coffee house/art gallery and her paintings have been available for sale through a local framing studio gallery. Currently, she is a proud member of the Peace Region Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (PRFCA) as well as the Beaverlodge Art Club.

An artwork of artist Sue Ellen Cowan

She has been successfully juried into several shows, and her artwork is also available at the Beaverlodge Cultural Center Gallery.

For the most part, she paints landscapes and wildlife because she loves the natural world around her.

Sue Ellen is an artist dedicated to capturing the beauty of nature in her works of art. Her paintings reflect her appreciation for nature’s amazing array of colors, light and shadows. She says that this attraction compels her to paint more and she gets obsessed at times.

Visit her website to explore her portfolio and immerse yourself in her unique artistic vision.

Art Commissions

I understand that art commissions can be intimidating, so I make sure to offer guidance and assistance throughout the entire process. Click on the subjects you may be interested in to find out all the information needed to commission fine art and portraits, as well as tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your art experience.

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