April 19, 2016


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Maritza Hernandez Creates Colorful Collage Animal Portraits From Recycled Magazines

Maritza Hernandez

This week's featured artist comes to us from the "Windy City" of Chicago where she creates, colorful collage people and animal portraits from cut magazine pieces. Her goal is "capturing little moments in life that make people smile." Her work certainly makes me smile.  





How do animals inspire your artwork?

Like people, animals have their own unique personality that shines through in their eyes, smile and body language. I love capturing their unique look that makes them who they are. I can’t help but want to capture what I see and share it with the world.

Winnie by Maritza Hernandez

Winnie -Photo Reference by Sparenga Photography

Do you own or have you owned any pets?

I got my first dog, Ody, at age 15. He was a shepherd mix that I found at Chicago Animal Care & Control. He and I were partners in crime for 12 yrs. He was the most loyal and funniest dog I have ever come across. Then came Pepper. She is from Anti-Cruelty Society. She is silly and a lovable pit mix. She’s an excellent cuddler. I got her a sister, Delilah, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, from Lake Shore Animal Rescue. They are both around 4 -5 yrs old. Delilah is a sassy hound dog that loves getting attention from just about anybody.

Fifty and Izzy by Maritza Hernandez 

Fifty & Izzy                                              

How long have you been creating art?

I’ve been creating art since I could remember. I remember passing the time creating jewelry out of construction paper, making glitter glue and decorating with it, drawing and coloring were my absolute favorite things to do. I still have some art projects from grade school.

Murphy by Maritza Hernandez


What medium do you work in?

I like to dabble in a little bit of everything. I can do watercolor, oil painting or if it’s the right moment I use my camera to capture something for a later time. I’m currently into collage. I use recycled magazines and create images with torn or cut up pieces of paper.


What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created?

I feel like each one that I work on is my favorite. It sounds silly but I get really excited when I get an idea or project because my brain is already going a mile a minute. I have this picture in my head that’s already forming and I get antsy to hurry up and mark it down with paper. As I work on a project I think “this is my favorite one so far”. When I look back at them I still remember that and I’m happy with how they have developed. Each one is unique and personal in a way. It’s a frozen moment of that creative spirit coming through.

Tate by Maritza Hernandez


What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

Alive Rescue (Chicago)
Chicago Canine Rescue
Heartland Alliance (Chicago)
Chicagoland Eskie Rescue
Treehouse Humane Society (Chicago)
Bama Bully Rescue (McCalla, AL)
Franklin County Dog Shelter (Columbus, Ohio)

Noodles by Maritza Hernandez


Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

I’m an ultra marathoner.

You can find more of Maritza's fabulous work at:

Website: maritzah.com
Facebook: Art by Maritza Hernandez 
Instagram: #Imaritzah



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