Maria began her career at Colenso BBDO, Auckland where she won six Cannes lions in her first six years as an Art Director. Prior to being a creative she was Head of Colenso’s Design Department.
After Colenso BBDO, she spent a few cold years at TAXI in Toronto where she was Creative Lead on McCain Foods which as Canada's second largest private company generates $6 billion annually in revenue. Now, after eight years away, she’s happy to back home at Colenso BBDO.
She has a passion for big ideas which has seen her create a doggie version of Snapchat for Pedigree which added fun filters to your dog’s selfies, light the Auckland harbour bridge with over 96,000 solar powered lights to demonstrate the city’s commitment to becoming 100% renewable, create a treehouse restaurant for Yellow - halfway up a redwood tree, an in-flight fashion show for Air New Zealand - taking two years to receive civil aviation approval, wrap a New York water tower in 50 kilometres of yarn for D&AD’s call for entries and spent four weeks in an RV travelling from New York to Los Angeles to film the music of America on a smartphone – demonstrating the roaming capabilities of a local Telco.
She has collected over 100 international awards for her work at multiple shows including D&AD, Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, Spikes and numerous local shows.
She has judged at Spikes, New York Festivals, Webby Awards and local shows in both Australia and NZ.