Maia Leisz

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Fortunate to have a mother who believed I could do whatever I set my mind to, I grew up in a remote area of Northwestern Montana without electricity or television, leaving much time for creativity. Reading extensively let my imagination soar. By the age of eight or so, I came to grips with the fact that my hair would never grow long enough for me to become a mermaid. I decided at that point to become an artist, and have pursued that goal ever since. I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, majoring in art with a minor in French. 

While at USC, I was accepted to an intensive language program in the South of France, and while there was offered a full scholarship to the Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix-en-Provence. Not only was this an amazing opportunity to grow artistically, but I also made wonderful friends who became like family to me and greatly influenced my life. Upon returning to the States at the age of 20, I began doing art shows and have been fully supporting myself as an artist ever since.
I have lived in such varied places as the San Francisco Bay Area, France, Northern Italy and England. I still travel extensively and draw much inspiration from this. The amazing beauty and diversity of creation touches my soul and leaves me in a state of awe and appreciation. Several years ago, I built a home and studio with my husband and two small children on 5 beautiful acres in the Idaho panhandle.

 

Art is much like a language; the more you speak it, the better you become at expressing yourself through it.
While true fluency requires an enormous amount of time and effort, once it is achieved, you only have to worry about what you want to say, not how you will say it. Also, fluency in one language makes it much easier to learn a second or third, which relates well to working in diverse mediums. Happily, I found my own voice at an early age. An art teacher in high school once criticized me because everything I created looked like it was done by me. I have always felt that this was the whole point, and took it as a compliment. I have been told that my art has, at the same time, both a strong energy and a very peaceful effect on the viewer.

 

This seeming contradiction is what draws many to it and makes it stand out. It is my objective to create art that has a timeless quality and will outlast any current fad or gimmick. If a piece of art can stand on its own merit, it will look as great in an ultra modern apartment as it does in a home full of antiques and Persian carpets.
Much as truly good wine pairs with almost anything, good artwork is comfortable in any environment. I feel quite strongly that in a world in which many of our possessions are transitory, our art should be something that speaks of who we are. It should tell the story of our lives and be something that we hand down to future generations. If you select a piece of  art that touches you emotionally, you will be as enamored of it at the age of 95 as you are now.
It will be a truly wise investment, as it will bring you pleasure and enjoyment for the rest of your life. The purpose of my work is to make people happy and enrich their lives.

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