Maria K. (artistic pseudonim of Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova) was born and raised in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. She came to the United States as an impressionable 19-year-old exchange student in 1994. Maria earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.
While working full time for Bank of America, Maria has also developed large stock photography
portfolios with Big Stock Photo and 123RF, published three original works and a number of translations and became active in the local artistic community with her decorative woodburning studio Pyrography M.
Maria now lives in Hendersonville, NC with her husband Gerry Seymour and their pets.