MAYA EVENTOV (1964 - ) Maya and her family reside just outside of Toronto. She continues to travel, finding inspiration in the varied landscapes around the world. Eventov’s paintings are characterized by a thick application of acrylic paint using a selection of different sized palette knives. Smaller knives are used to create depth and detail in her paintings. She then uses a series of varnishes designed to create a “wet paint effect.” Eventov creates imaginary and idealized Mediterranean themed landscapes with the intention to capture the joyous freedom of a bright blue sky and quiet cafes. She also creates works in which the scene is reminiscent of rural landscapes in North America. These pieces are executed using a special palette knife and imitate a mosaic technique. The smaller, more regular strokes allow the painting to come to life through the reaction of the viewer’s eye to the subtle shifts in colour and tone. Eventov states, “My works speak of my feelings of happiness, I love to paint, it feels great and I hope that my art is a way to transfer this positive energy and wonderful feeling to others. I want to share the warmth of the afternoon, the smell of the exotic flowers and the sensuous taste of the ripe fruit with the viewer. Wander with me through the roads of Tuscany or come enjoy a quiet moment in a romantic setting somewhere in Spain.” Her work is represented in galleries throughout Canada, Great Britain and the United States.