Maeve Harris (born September 1, 1976 in Princeton, NJ) is an American abstract painter whose work investigates color and light. She is influenced by natural and organic forms, but her paintings reveal a focus on the medium itself. Mixing her own pigments, Maeve uses multiple layers of color and metallic to suggest the passage of time and change of perspective. She uses a variety of inks and pigments to mix color and light into her work. Her approach to traditional subjects such as landscapes, figurative, or animals is met with experimentation of form, material and technique. As an innately creative individual, most of Harris’ youth was spent exploring a broad spectrum of influences with a focus in art history and literature. Her process and work ethic is inspired by artists who tap into their intrinsic self and who work ceaselessly on their craft. Her influences are varied including: Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Cezanne, Klimt, Rosa Bonheur, Jasper Johns, Atget, Weegee, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Kurt Cobain, Missy Elliot, Cate Blanchett, Alan Cumming, John Irving, Monty Roberts, Gene Kelly and Auntie Mame. Growing up in New Jersey, she became an avid equestrian and has a passion for horses. She also fell in love with the creative process early on. She began oil painting at the age of eight and has never stopped. Harris moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1994 where she attended Arizona State University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in fine art photography. During college Harris studied abroad in Florence, Italy which has left a lasting impact on her work. Since July 2002, Harris has been exclusively represented by the Seattle-based art house and fine art publisher Grand Image. In 2008, her images began to regularly appeared on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” including a huge abstract in “The Donald’s” boardroom that was right behind everyone as they “got fired.” Grand Image’s National Sales Manager, Devan Walker, attributes Maeve’s success to “her work ethic. One of the best in the business. It’s very simple as to why she is a best-selling artist and why so many art industry professionals purchase her work time and time again.” Her work has also appeared on such hit TV shows as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “The Voice,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” She paints everyday in her Seattle-Tacoma studio and is an adoring mother of two little boys.
Project Highlights & Collections: Bank of America ♦ Caesar’s Palace: VIP Garden Villas ♦ Palazzo Hotel & VIP Villas Las Vegas ♦ Hotel 1000 Seattle ♦ Hotel Adagio: Lobby ♦ Warwick Hotel Seattle ♦ Marriott; Stone Mountain GA ♦ Coppin’s Well Seattle ♦ Hilton Scranton PA