Maria Bell-Salter is a London based artist. She paints in oils on canvas or linen with the spirit of plein-air painting at the heart of her work. Born in Guyana and brought up in New York and London, she attended Middlebury College and the University of Paris and has an MA in French and an MA in the History of Art with a focus on the French Impressionists. Self taught as an artist, she has painted since the mid 1990s, exhibiting in the United States, living in Paris and showing with galleries on the Rue de Seine and Avenue Matignon before returning to London and her English roots.
Patron of several arts institutions, a committed fundraiser and advocate for art, Bell-Salter was London Regional Chairman of the Art Fund, chairing their London Committee from 2006-19. She is co-founder, Trustee and Chair of ARTscapades and is a Trustee and Steering Committee Chair of the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA).