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Maria Thomas, Innovative artist, cofounder of Zentangle®

Maria Thomas is cofounder of Zentangle and co-developer of the Zentangle Method. Prior to Zentangle, she worked as a lettering artist and operated a stationery design and production company.

Maria first became a working artist at age five when she produced a line of painted rocks that quickly sold out at local bazaars. From rocks, to lettering, to botanical paintings, to Zentangles—all have merged into her unique trendsetting sense of style.

The recipient of countless accolades and awards, Maria changed the look of traditional invitations with her hand-painted flowers, expressive lettering, and dramatic flourishing, all now familiar standards.

Inspired by the feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being, and complete focus she experienced while drawing background patterns on a manuscript, she and Rick (cocreator of Zentangle) wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. And so began the journey towards discovering the simple and elegant system called the Zentangle Method.

Current Program


Upcoming Program

Personal Growth
Zentangle® Method
October 4 - 7, 2020
Like life itself, the Zentangle Method is not just black and white, but also the shades of gray in between. Take your practice to the next level with the Zentangle founding family—Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas, Molly Hollibaugh, and Martha Huggins—in a dynamically challenging, yet completely supportive, course of guided and focused tangling. Tap into your deepest innate creativity in this invigorating 3-day workshop, veer off the predictable path, discover the dimensions between black and white, and explore beyond the ink into your full imaginative capacity.

Past Program