Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Anna Maria Whetstine creates paintings that cover a broad range of styles, from realistic representation of people or places to abstract interpretations that capture moments in time, emotion and states of being. She has won numerous awards and exhibited in both Santiago, Chile and throughout the United States, including the National Society of Arts and letters juried show at the John Waldron Arts Center and Old stone Gallery in Newburgh Indiana. In addition, her work has also been displayed at the Atlanta International School in Georgia.
Anna Maria attributes her broad artistic interests to her education and travel experiences. At the age of 17, she took a summer-long solo tour of Spain and Morocco. Being fluent in Spanish, Maria was able to build friendships and learn new cultures in a way that is rarely experienced by a typical tourist.
In 2006, at the age of 21, Maria was selected by Indiana University to study at South America’s prestigious University of Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago Chile.
Many of her experiences abroad are reflected in her paintings. They express not only her process of adaptation to a new culture and society but also her return to the U.S and the rediscovery of her roots in small town Southern Indiana. Many of her paintings depict the realistic world of home and family, putting emphasis on how light and shadow play with the color of objects in the surrounding environment.
Anna Maria graduated in December 2007 from Indiana University with a double major in Fine Arts and Spanish.