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A Colorado native and retired aerospace engineer, Maureen Riesco is a professional, award-winning artist, who now makes her home in Sarasota, Florida.  Maureen spent most of her childhood and young adult years living in Southern California and also lived in Parkland, Florida in the 90s. She has been an artist from a very young age and is primarily self-taught, but she has also received private and university-level classical training in both painting and drawing.  Having lived on both US coasts, Maureen has a special love of all things related to the ocean, and this is reflected in her style and portfolio. Similarly, her years in Colorado added to her artwork the influence of a colder climate, mountain scenery and local wildlife.  Her portfolio has always been diverse, since she enjoys painting almost any subject, along with creating many series of theme-based paintings.  These themes have included boat and coastal compositions, mountain wildlife, domestic animals and birds, women's portraits, and still life scenes.

Maureen is a contemporary realism oil painter, who also occasionally creates abstracts using either oil or acrylics.  Her work features engaging and cheerful colors and has often been described as happy and whimsical.  She has received numerous awards, and her work hangs in both private homes around the country and public buildings in Colorado.   While living in Colorado, her art has been featured in several Colorado galleries, and she currently is represented by Creative Framing Art Gallery in Louisville, CO and Kaleidoscope Fine Arts Gallery in Nederland, Colorado.


  • Best of Show: 2014 LAA Bright Red Art Show

  • Best of Show: 2013 LAA Fall Members Art Show

  • Best of Oils: 2019 LAA Fall Members Art Show

  • 1st Place: 2017 LAA Mini Show

  • 1st Place: 2012 LAA Mini Show

  • 2nd Place: 2016 LAA Fall Members Art Show

  • 3rd Place: 2018 LAA Library Show

  • 3rd Place: 2017 LAA Library Show

  • 5rd Place: 2018 LAA Library Show

  • Artistic Achievement: 2020 LAA Spring Members Art Show

  • Honorable Mention: 2017 LAA Spring Members Art Show

  • Honorable Mention: 2014 LAA Spring Members Art Show

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