"Art expresses the wonder of life and nature," says Maia Walczak, an artist, acclaimed author, and award-winning children's book illustrator, based in the picturesque Cornwall, UK.
For Maia, life is an exploration of forests, oceans, outer space and inner space. Her creations are a lyrical love song to existence itself, a celebration of compassion, connection, and the profound interrelatedness of all things.
Growing up between London city life and her grandad's cabin in the polish woods, Maia's childhood was a fascinating duality. She shares, "I was born in London, but the memories and nostalgia from my childhood are wrapped up in that cabin.“ This duality continues to inspire her, shaping her art.
A Silent Tale of Nature: "Wylder"
In her latest children's book, "Wylder," Maia tells a "silent" story, entirely through illustrations. She captures the essence of forests and the importance of gentleness, demonstrating compassion towards nature and each other. "A picture speaks a thousand words," she aptly says.
From Doodles to Dreams: A Journey of Art
While studying Hispanic studies at university, she finally felt the pull of her artistic side. “I challenged myself to do a sketch every day,” she recalls. Her love for art resurfaced and she developed her unique style.
Her artistic talent extends beyond traditional media; she also paints exquisite, dreamlike designs on surfboards and skateboards. This fusion of art and her love of surfing and nature is beautifully evident in her work.
Nature nourishes the soul
Beyond her art, Maia is an ardent forager of wild plants. "My love of foraging started at the cabin," she remembers. At home, she tends to her garden, growing her own food and embracing a slower, more deliberate way of life.
Living just a short walk from the beach in Cornwall, she finds solace in the ocean and surfing. “Surfing is good for the body and the mind,” she assures. It offers her the opportunity to disconnect and find joy in the simplicity of catching a wave.
In Maia Walczak's art and life, you'll discover a harmonious fusion of artistic expression, reverence for nature, and a deep connection with the world. Her journey is a testament to the beauty of embracing both city life and the serenity of the cabin in the woods. We invite you to explore her work and, like us, find inspiration in her celebration of life, nature, and art.