"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."

Steve Jobs, 2005

Some Facts about Maya as a Person and as an Artist

In Her Own Words

In Her Own Words

I was born and raised in the former Yugoslavia and immigrated in the USA in 1992.  I live near Seattle, WA with my husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs.  As a family we are involved with a local dog rescue and have fostered 40 dogs so far! 

Silver Night
Silver Night

Silver Night

Fancy Birch Night in Reds
Fancy Birch Night in Reds

Fancy Birch Night in Reds

Fall Colors
Fall Colors
20" x 30"

Fall Colors

Wavy in Seattle
Wavy in Seattle

Wavy in Seattle

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

It is not always easy to understand why you do what you do.  I paint because I like it, it relaxes me, and makes me happy when I like the result, but it is also frustrating at times... The whole process is more about feeling than about thinking, so, until now I never thought about why I paint what I do, and the way I do.  In order to write this statement, I had to analyze myself and my art, and for the first time I realized that the scenes in my art are pretty ordinary, but always more colorful and happier than they are in actuality. 

It seems to me that my recent work can be be separated into two main categories: the peaceful, serene one (e.g. single trees, frequently 'prettied up' with silver, gold, bronze or sparkly accents, occasionally with patterns and textures), and the cheerful, upbeat one (e.g. landscapes in bright, dissonant colors, my animals 'with an attitude', and my whimsical 'Seattle-scapes', usually in bold colors, with a 'dressed up' Space Needle).  My current art is very different from my work from a few years ago.  I wonder if all the worrisome events going on in the world lately have caused this need in me to start creating a 'prettied up' version of what I see around me... it is the world I wish we lived in - free of suffering and evil.

White Spotty Rooster
White Spotty Rooster

White Spotty Rooster

Blue Lab
Blue Lab

Blue Lab

Daisy on Red
Daisy on Red

Daisy on Red

Bichon
Bichon

Bichon