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My work sometimes evolves through a story I wish to tell, and this story may change in its emotional emphasis through working the picture. I can adapt to the painting’s needs. I’m involved in the balance of allowing the painting to guide me and allowing my mind’s control.
My approach can sometimes focus more on the exploration of the medium and how abstract considerations in the picture and aesthetic choices can be resolved. I can then let go of the stories suggested throughout the working of the picture. However, at the end of the process,
one of those stories may be referred to in the title.
1. I once lived in Whitstable and was inspired by the special light around the Kent Coast and the influence of its surrounding rural landscape. I grew up in Southeast London and as child there were places that stimulated my imagination, a gateway near to the park, the wall of a house, left standing from the war, with a church steeple behind it that I stared at from the living room window. Such special places were known only to me and were full of mystery and adventure.
2. My process of painting is similar to these past childhood journeys. While investigating the materials I am using – oils, acrylics, gloss paints, spray paints inks, crayons, pastels – the canvas becomes a space to explore; a special place where struggle and conflict are all part of the adventure. These landscapes, which may result from a memory or a sketch, provide a vehicle for an emotional narrative.
As an artist myself I have always regarded Maia’s art as very special and as a result decided to buy one of her paintings. I would advise everybody to look at the work on her website.
I find Maia’s paintings very Turneresque as interpreted in this century. I so much enjoy the painting I bought from her.
Maia’s seascape brings me constant delight. I especially love the way the perfectly balanced dynamic brushstrokes enable the sea, with sailboats, to change from a threatening storm to frolicking play, according to the light in the room. Spending time looking at it is similar to spending time with a much loved poem. It feeds my soul!