Maria O’Connor has a diverse educational and artistic background. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and has extensive knowledge of herbs in regards to their medicinal, cosmetic, and aromatheraputic uses. With a keen interest in body modification and adornment she began learning about henna and its traditional significance to the various cultures in which it appears. Through trial and error she began doing henna on friends then doing small local events, holistic fairs and parties. Over 17 years later Maria and her body art business is still going strong, providing beautiful henna art all over New England and beyond. Maria is a published author in issue 11 of Fuse Magazine about henna and its applications in bellydance. Her latest achievements include teaching her Harquus 101 makeup class at NEATS Bellydance Camp and also at the 2016 and 2017 Henna Gathering.