Awassi Esprito

Maria D'Souza

Designed by Maria D’Souza

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Each box was handcrafted by Scott Armstrong, and the unique panels were designed and brilliantly executed by our individual artisans. The creativity of each box is representative of 30 years of Western Functional Art. Join us in our mission by purchasing one of these commemorative keepsakes! Your generosity will allow By Western Hands to continue with our preservation of western heritage and design through the celebration of past and present artisans.


Maria D'Souza


Using European mounts of the world’s most iconic animals as the raw form, Maria D’Souza combines design, color, and dimension to create pieces that stylistically range from western to contemporary. A true artistic innovator, Maria is known as the first & only artist to have taken this medium into the world of fine art. In January 2020 she had the honor of having her work added to the permanent collection of the prestigious Booth Western Art Museum, which houses the largest & most valuable collection of western art in North America. Her work is also part of The Monthaven Art & Cultural Museum collection in Nashville, TN.
Maria D’Souza’s artistic inspirations are as varied as the cultures & places she has lived & experienced. Ethnically Portuguese and Indian, she has lived & studied art in such varied locales as Goa India, Portugal, London, Dubai, Thailand, The Turks and Caicos, & Bahrain. Having moved to the U.S. in 2012, she fell in love with the American West & the art forms & styles of the region.
Ms. D’Souza’s works have been enjoyed by collectors, gallerists, & big game hunters in North America, Europe & the Middle East. Her award-winning pieces have been exhibited at other prestigious art museums as well, such as the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls Montana. In 2018 she was honored to create the signature Bison skull for the 50th anniversary of the Russell Auction. Maria is a proud member of ‘By Western Hands’ Artisan Guild in Cody Wyoming.