Maria is originally from Sweden but has lived in England since 1994. She graduated from Falmouth College of Arts with a first class honours degree in illustration in 2001 and then moved to London to work as a freelance illustrator.

Her character Em was created as an autobiographical side project and depicts the life of a young “semi –professional” living in a London based shared house. This comic strip was picked up and published regularly by thelondonpaper in October 2006. Since then, the often acerbic portrayal of Em’s life has received a hugely positive response, striking a chord not only with Londoners but with people worldwide who sympathise with her and her friends’ daily struggle to keep their wine intake down, fight broadband service providers and find that special someone to keep them warm at night.