Maiya Elaine is a visual artist living and working in Jacksonville, FL. Duality Is an important quality that Maiya wishes for her work to embody so her thought and work process follows a certain pattern to match the principle. Viewing Maiya's work it's easy to catch that there is a lot of emotion that is being portrayed. Though many of Maiya's works are in oil paint she is not afraid to use different mediums, create murals, and use unique foundations such as mirrors.
Maiya makes sure to not only display her artwork at local shows but also support other artists in the local art community. With ambitions to support and help artists excel on a grand level in the future, Maiya practices her support for artists in her everyday life! It is the norm to see her out and about being a patron and admirer of local artists. Support from fellow artists is something many artist cherish so her presence is surely well accepted and valued.
A body of Maiya's is currently on display at Southlight Gallery in Downtown Jacksonville.
What inspires your style? How do you choose the names for your pieces?
The names for my pieces usually come before I even create them. The names often come from recurring thoughts about things that I find interesting, something I don't entirely understand, and how those things make me feel. My work is also largely inspired by different art movement periods like the baroque, surrealism, and art nouveau.
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
Contemporary surrealism. I maintain a focus on the combination of the internal and external experiences in my work.
What is your most important artist tool?
My hands and my mind are my 2 -in-1 favorite tool. These things can't be bought or found anywhere, so I'm the only one who knows how to use them. I can create art in different forms and they are with me where ever I go. Brushes, pencils, and other materials allow me to bring each piece to reality but it's that combination of the internal and external working together that has the real power! You can create anything you want, all you need is the will and tools to and what's better than already having them?
What do you want your viewers to take away from your art?
To just be reminded of something and them resonate in some way. There is no way for anyone to know exactly how another person feels or what they are going through but you can still understand through an emotional sense. For them to understand and have empathy because the world doesn't have close to enough of it. When we can understand other people, we can relate and create a connection. With that you can build greater things in the community and even in the world. I just want them to see that connection they might have with others.
Maiya's art painted on mirror
What would you like to see happen in Jacksonville’s art community?
I would love to see more opportunities for the expansion of the arts in Jacksonville. I feel like art has always made up a big part of any culture and without it, the community can become dull and monotonous. Art can bring life and vibrancy to any place and with a city as big as this one, we need more of it. Given the chance, I think artists in the city can and will surpass everyone expectations!
What is your ultimate art career goal?
I have quite a few ambitious goals that I would like to achieve. Earning the title of an international artist and owning multiple galleries are two of my major goals. I would like to be able to provide opportunities for small local artist to create and expand their portfolios and credentials. I'm also very interested in studying art therapy because I feel that there's a sense of catharsis when it comes to creating and experiencing someone's work. People say that artists starve. I'm working to prove them wrong!
What is the best advice you have been given?
Trust yourself. Even when you feel like you don't know what you're doing, you have a sense of what needs to be done and where you need to go. I find that true not only with my work, but just with life in general. Don't doubt yourself because it just makes it take longer to get where you want to go.