Maria spent her childhood in Purbeck exploring the stunning natural habitats and wildlife around her and painting what she could see. She went on to train as a Natural History illustrator. On leaving college she set up Maria Burns Illustration & Design and she now has 30 years of professional freelance illustration and graphic design experience behind her. Over her career she has worked on numerous illustration and design projects for many different businesses and organisations. She also combines all her skills and knowledge to specialise in producing natural history and historical interpretation boards for nature reserves and museums. Maria has her own range of greetings cards and prints.