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Maida's lifetime involvement with the making of art, as both student and teacher, has left a legacy of warm memories and a body of work that illustrates her limitless imagination. She painted in oil and acrylics for many years, but in 1987, at the Pacific Art League where she was a member for 44 years, Maida became intrigued by the unique qualities and properties of the monotype process. After years of painting from the model, she was excited to have the freedom to spontaneously create her own images and fantasies. The printmaking fever eventually extended to the collagraph, a combination of collage and printmaking; as well as etching on metal and Styrofoam. Her images are often reminiscent of another place and time, a wonderful adventure into the world of Toulouse Lautrec, Degas and other Post-impressionists who inspired her. Many of her images depict the human figure in poses that convey powerful emotions, sometimes crystal clear, at other times quite ambiguous. Maida liked to leave it up to the viewer to interpret the situation and it's outcome. But in every piece, it is clear that there was a strong and underlying feeling of empathy and compassion for her subjects.
Her oil and pastel work has been exhibited in the ToledoArt Museum, ChicagoStateUniversity, The Pacific Art League, and a number of galleries in Baltimore and WashingtonD.C. Her monotyoes have been shown at the Pacific Art League, at galleries in Saratoga, Palo Alto and Oakland, CA and purchased for the permanent collection of the TritonArt Museum in Santa Clara, CA.