Enigmatic. Meditative. Inspiring.

My mission and vision at Mariabaj Art Studio is to promote creativity by bringing new life through art in order for people of all ages to develop a deeper, richer, more fulfilling life through art experiences.

I want you to know that even if you think you are “not creative” you can still make art.


Feel centred and energized as you journey within, create art amongst a small group of like-minded people and walk away with the tools you need to infuse your life with more groundedness, more energy, and more creativity.



I draw my inspiration from texture and abstract world around me to achieve versatility and touchable effects in acrylic and mixed media paintings. They are compelling whether minimal or complex with layering, over layering, collaging and always retain a constant narrative emotional component that is unique and mysterious.

My creative process is extremely intuitive, forgiving and free-flowing. I allow my paintings to emerge naturally by building up many layers of acrylic paint, paper and different mediums.  I never start with a complete plan, because it’s simply more interesting to me to NOT know what is going to happen before it’s actually happening.  This allows for so much more freedom and the ability to improvise and be spontaneous. At any given moment, anything is possible and there is really no way of making a “mistake” which I love! The whole process becomes kind of a metaphor for living, where bravery, playfulness, curiosity, honouring intuition and being open to change are greatly rewarded.

Maria Baj was born and brought up in Lahore, Pakistan where she went to school and got her Bachelors from Queen Mary college. She believes, she got her first art lessons from her mother as she was carrying her, while getting her teaching degree. As a child, those journals were her art inspiration and treasures to keep them safe from her siblings for years.

She has always been creating in some way or another. In high school, she was admittedly the art teacher’s pet and she considers her sketch books were always her best friend. Honestly though, she didn’t grow up thinking she could make a living as an artist as her subjects were very contrary i.e. Economics and Geography. After getting married, she settled down in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and had four beautiful girls.

Her art career began with silk painting in 2002, as she came across this versatile medium through few friends. She loved it learned from master silk painter Mandy Southan and continuously worked for a decade to master the techniques of silk painting. 

Mixed media is her second passion and she thinks of herself as naturally gifted. She considers herself lucky, as living as an expat in Abu Dhabi, brought her the opportunity to work in multicultural and diverse environment with individuals and groups of different nationalities and explore the different subjects in mixed media painting. Her recent work is influenced by mosques, deserts, camels and horses.

She believes that giving and receiving are really same, and that’s her purpose of life. She is working as an Art Instructor at local galleries L’atelier des Arts, Abu Dhabi and Art Central, Abu Dhabi. She also, offers private lessons from her home studio in Abu Dhabi.



Solo art exhibition with Women in Abu Dhabi, 2005 at Novotel Hotel, Abu Dhabi 

Art exhibition at Abu Dhabi Mall Christmas event, 2013

Silk scarves and accessories exhibition at L’atelier des Arts, Abu Dhabi, 2015

Group Exhibition at Two Four Fifty Four Media Complex, Abu Dhabi, 2017 

Commissioned work:

My latest work ‘Water From Heaven’ is now a cover for a best-seller book from Anne Schreiber Thomas, which is available on (

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Silk Scarves & Accessories Exhibition at L’atelier des Arts, Abu Dhabi, 2015


               Group Exhibition at Two Four Fifty Four Media Complex, Abu Dhabi, 2017 


Silk painting is the application of paints or dyes directly onto silk fabric using an exciting array of watercolour techniques. The colours are brilliant, vibrant and translucent and merge on the fabric which remains soft and to touch.

The basic traditional silk painting uses a resist to outline the design on the silk and it is then filled in with paint or dye. Despite being so simple sounding, there is lots of variation and additional techniques to add texture and dimension to your work.


Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an art working, the making of which more than one medium has been employed.

When creating a painted or photographed work, using mixed media, it is important to choose the layers carefully and allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work will have structural integrity. If many different mediums are used it is equally important to choose a sturdy foundation upon which the different layers are imposed.

Many effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction with traditional artist media to attain a wide range of self-expression.


Painting and teaching Silk Art for fifteen years now, I have prepared a huge library of designs for silk fabric and I am ready to share it with you now, the outlines or sketches of all featured Silk Art and Silk Fashion and much more. Patterns are available for sale, in either soft or hard copies, in black and white or color. In case of hard copies required, you will need to collect them in person.