Maria Kaprielian with her painting at the Mahopac Library LACE art show.

My earliest memories involve trying to draw and paint animals.  I've always been fascinated by the energy of the natural world - its shapes, colors and textures inspire me to learn as much as I can about how things work, both on paper and in reality. For me, creating art is impulse tempered by training. I can't not try to capture what I see, but a painting is only successful if I've made the viewer feel what I was feeling while creating it: the quiet drama and excitement of the moment.