Maria McCavana was brought up in Northern Ireland and moved to Scotland to study Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art. After completing the Bachelor of Arts course and then the Master of Fine Arts Course she spent 3 months at Hunter College, New York. Since then she has exhibited across Europe and been an artist in resident in The Faroe Islands and The Creation Centre in Sri Lanka and will be returning to Sri Lanka in 2012 to be Artist in residency at Sura Medura Arts Centre. Her work is influenced by her life in Northern Ireland and previous experience as an artist in residence in Sri Lanka .