Maya k Schweizer was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and received her BFA from the University of Denver. She has exhibited in Colorado, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and India. Her paintings are in collections in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Maintaining ongoing sketchbooks of drawings and ideas is an important aspect of her work. Paintings reflect her exploration of both imagination and the natural world in an expressive style influenced by an instinctive sense of abstraction. Schweizer taught Drawing, Painting and Art History at Sacramento Country Day School for several decades. While maintaining her own studio practice she also shared her passion for creative exploration with students, helping them to discover their own personal artistic vision. A member of the Matrix Workshop of Women Artists, she exhibited with Matrix locally, at Artistic Edge Gallery in Sacramento, and participated in invitational shows in the U. S. and India. Her passion for other cultures, ancient sites, and contemporary art has inspired her travels throughout North America, Europe, and India. She has been honored with the Douc Langur Award by the California Art Education Association, the Francie Tidey Award from Sacramento Country Day School and is included in the book, “51 Portraits of Women Artists,” by noted photographer, Kurt Edward Fishback. She currently lives and works in Sacramento.
Description of PAINTING
PAINTING: WORKING ABSTRACTLY and WORKING REALISTICALLY
Painting abstractly is like instrumental music, no words, no realistic images but a colorful flow of rhythm and shapes while painting realistically is like music whose flowing recognizable shapes are the words. Whether painting in either style we will learn to dive deep into our creative imagination and develop a personal sense of line, shape, color, and balance in the painting. Ms. Schweizer will share her approach to exploring the natural world in an expressive style. Exercises including artist’s games and “underdrawings” will be explored. Students will learn contemporary approaches to watercolor utilizing inks, oil pastels, Prismacolor pencil and media such as Caran d’ache.