Mariya identifies herself as a storyteller who draws from life experiences and observations. Communicating cultural contexts and influences; her work revolves around human emotions, spontaneous reactions, situational anomalies and thought processes. For Mariya; unfolding a complex narrative through a simple and light-hearted visual to engage the audience is the key. She strongly relies on supporting characters around her subject to complete the plot; comic use of these characters highlights the tone of her message. Mariya likes exploring different mediums but finds the flow of ink and watercolour very expressive.