Somewhere along the road from childhood to adulthood we often lose our creative spark. 

What I enjoy doing most is providing your group with a mix of creative activities. Doing these activities together in my workshops is a great way for your group to realize their creative potential. Attendees of my workshops are often surprised by how simple it is to bring out their creativity and have fun in the process.

Invite me to your next event. I am available for your retreats, conferences, or events where you need someone to do something fun and different for your team. One of my favorite quotes on this subject: “When people aren’t having any fun, they seldom produce good work.” David Ogilvy

2018 Let's all do better work and have more fun in the process! ~Maria


I am an Austin-based visual artist, author, and speaker with over 30 years experience in art—graphic design—publishing and hold a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Texas at Pan American. I have combined my work experience and my love for creativity into my current business—inspiring and teaching others simple ways to spark their creativity.

I live in the Austin TX area, (Leander) with my husband...I have 4 children, 3 grandchildren, love to travel and find inspiration in everyday living.

My Workshops Are: Customized for your groups—Compatible for team-building—Relaxed and fun

A Few of My Clients Include: Seton Cove; Sun City; Austin Community College; Round Rock ISD; City of Cedar Park

As a Creativity Facilitator, I explore ways to embrace a creative perspective in everyday life through the use of both traditional and digital mediums. My books, presentations, and workshops help people take simple, straightforward steps toward experiencing a more colorful life. 

“In Project 52, Maria Gatling has figured out a way to make creativity accessible to every single person, regardless of innate talent or time restraints. Activities are simple enough for those who are quick to say, ‘I'm not creative,’ but spark dynamic thought in artists and designers, as well.” Linda Battson