studio spaces: maya gohill.
Perched in her home studio, Maya Gohill is at work, painting the day away. A bright and open space, the studio is where Maya spends most of her time when she is not instructing at the Alberta College of Art & Design or fueling the creative juices with colleagues at her creative team building company. Not one for silence while creating, Maya always has an episode of This American Life playing in the background or a couple of her favourite albums on repeat.
A fresh and stimulating atelier to an outsider; filled with in-progress paintings and illustrations and treasures accumulated from various travels and experiences, it is hard to imagine not creating greatness in this space. “When I’m in my studio, I’m definitely in my oasis,” says Maya. “It’s purely my space, so when I go in there I feel a wave of creativity and calm.”
When asked where she finds inspiration, she immediately answers: “ People mostly. I love faces and I’m always looking for an interesting face or style that I can make into a painting.” Her portraiture varies from highly realistic figurative paintings to bold and colourful illustration style paintings. Interested art collectors will want to take note of a curated collection of her vase portraits going live on independent maker retailer, FairGoods later this spring.
With multiple projects on the go and fresh inspiration at her fingertips (she is currently very into Njideka Akunyili, Ray Turner and filmmaker Wes Anderson), 2014 looks bright and busy for the stunning artist. “This will be a year of increased creativity, to be sure. More production. More seeing; doing; being. Just more, in general,” she says. Well, Maya, we just can’t wait to see more too.