Maria Ortiz-Haynes is originally from Paterson, New Jersey and is a proud resident of Tampa’s Ybor City. She is a self-taught mosaic artist.After a trip to Cuba (her mother’s birthplace) in 2013, she was inspired by the brightly colored art work she observed there. Her work is flavored by her family’s roots from Havana to Key West to Ybor City.Her signature work is unlike traditional mosaics and brings a vibrancy and complexity to her unique style of using hand-cut pieces of stained glass of different sizes and bright, bold colors that blend to create an overall fluid, painted effect. She invites you into her mosaic scenes to examine more closely what makes up the bigger picture –to explore all the hand-cut pieces that make the whole. Her work has been exhibited at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts,Ruth Eckerd Hall, Glazer Children’s Museum, Art Center Manatee, The Morean Art Center, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Old Hyde Park Art Center and is included in several private collections.