Maria J Garcia is a Cuban born, American designer and illustrator raised in the scorching heat, humidity, and Latin culture of Miami, Florida. On May 2017 she graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a B.F.A in Illustration and soon after joined the team at Design Foundry events as their only in-house 2D Visual Designer. As the graphic designer at Design Foundry, Maria does everything from illustrating her coworkers’ avatars and designing mailers, to creating branding, signage, and way-finding for events and conferences —both nationally and in the local DMV area. Looking at art as a way to share laughter and knowledge, what inspires Maria the most is creating themed environments that immerse others in unique experiences through storytelling and art. When not doodling, designing and daydreaming she enjoys traveling, cooking, and writing.