Peace, love, and paisley.

Maria Vallese is an illustrator and artist living in Utica, NY. She is a 2010 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.F.A. in Illustration. Maria specializes in color- saturated artwork and illustrations, inspired by building architecture, interesting places and people and a little bit of nostalgia.

In 2009 Maria founded Retro Sorrento, which combines her art and freelance illustration business with her bohemian-style handmade designs.

Maria has worked with several businesses big and small to develop illustrations for brands and products. She also takes on private commissions for building illustrations, event posters and more.

You may have come across some of Maria’s work on 2016, 2017 and 2018 Saranac beer labeling, the 2015 Made in Utica Passport and Utica Coloring Book.