About the Artist
The influences of Vermeer, van Eyck, and Bonnard find a contemporary outlet and counterpart in Maya’s intimately scaled, jewel-like paintings depicting inhabited and uninhabited interiors of homes that have played an important part in her life. Maya infuses each space with a warm nostalgia that markedly contrasts with the presence of lonely figures absorbed in their own thoughts. What especially distinguishes her work is a penetrating gaze that allows viewers to know precisely what her subjects are feeling and thinking, and an ability to imbue their living environments with the same powerful emotional content. Even vacant rooms retain a strong human presence in the artist’s hands. Maya’s work is in several prominent collections, including the University of Maine Museum of Art, where she had a one-person exhibition from June through September 2014.