All Up In Smoke!

Maria Pavledis and her smoke drawings
16 May, 2017
Maria Pavledis creating a drawing from smoke
Maria Pavledis creating a drawing from smoke
Maria Pavledia was born in East London in 1966 and attended East Ham Tech, then to do a degree in painting at Norwich School of Art.  She stopped making art for a while  and worked on a variety of youth and community projects, becoming a Hospital Play Specialist and later, a community literacy worker and part time community librarian in Norfolk. Below is the impressive owl drawing Maria has completed for the Norfolk by Design exhibition currently installed in the Stables at Houghton Hall  

Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develops images using a mixture of traditional and non traditional methods, including etching which she uses to explore  new ways of mark making and expression. Maria started printmaking in the `90's, and after moving to Norfolk, set up the Burgh Print Studio in Burgh next Aylsham with fellow artist/printmaker Sarah Wilson with an Arts Council Grant. She finished her MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in September 2012.


About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.