Artist Maidy Morhous has worn many hats that enrich her work
Maidy Morhous was born in New York and raised in Southern California. She showed an affinity for the arts at a young age and after receiving her Master of Fine Art degree, she moved directly into a professional status as an artist, exclusively represented by Fidelity Arts of Beverly Hills.
Morhous was invited to lecture, teach summer workshops, and judge, as well as participate, in local and national art shows. Her work has been featured in the magazines Artnews and Designer West, and is displayed in private collections nationally and internationally. She has been awarded Best of Show in juried exhibitions coast to coast.
Morhous has two grown children and lives with her husband in Del Mar. She is a board member of the San Diego Museum of Art- Artist Guild. Her bronzes can be viewed at www.sdmaag.org.
What brought you to Del Mar?
In the mid-’80s, after 10 years as a professional artist, I decided to try my hand in a completely different field. My family and I moved to San Diego from Los Angeles to work in marketing new home sales for my brother’s development company. We rented in Tierrasanta, but having always lived near the beach, we knew we would settle down along the coast. Del Mar has such charm, and when we found the perfect lot, we fell in love. To this day we still pinch ourselves to think we’re really living in our dream home!
What makes this town special to you?
Del Mar is unique in that it has a beautiful coastline and the Torrey Pines, which bring the mountains to the sea. It’s truly the best of both worlds. The small town atmosphere with its quaint architecture and no streetlights or sidewalks, all mesh into a delightful village with rural appeal.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
That’s an easy one — relieve traffic congestion during the summer months, i.e. race season and the fair! Del Mar could benefit from underground parking (which I realize is costly and would take an Act of God to achieve).
Another thought: On weekends, the right lane of traffic should be shared with bicyclists. We have hundreds of bikers who are dangerously threading through traffic on the Coast Highway. A bike lane could extend from Carlsbad to Del Mar. This has been successfully implemented in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore community, and as a result, cut down on accidents to make it safer for bicyclists.
Who or what inspires you?
I derive inspiration from the act of creating — in essence bringing together (or fusing) two diametrically oppositional forces. My pieces reflect those forces together in either a harmonious, edgy, or sanguine situation. My preference for bronze as a medium allows me to explore and use the strength and power of metal to evoke sensuality, passion, and emotion.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
I grew up studying the visual arts, as a cellist with Los Angeles Junior Orchestra, and studying dance, so it would be easy to understand whom I would want to invite to my dinner party.
In the visual arts, I would choose Nicolai Fechin, the famous Russian painter who influences some of my sculptures. Also on the guest list would be Albrecht Durer the famous German engraver who created “The Knight, the Death and the Devil,” because my interests (and degrees) are in printmaking and sculpture. This would then necessitate my asking the great sculptors Michelangelo Buonarroti and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
To round out the table and add variety, I would chose Yo-Yo Ma, the famed cellist, and the great Pablo Casals, often referred to as the foremost cellist of the 20th century (whom I was lucky enough to hear play as a young girl).
I cannot forget my years of dance and in anticipation of lively conversation and witty repartee, would invite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fontaine — two classics. How could a dinner party with such guests not be a success?
Tell us about what you are currently reading.
Having recently returned from a four-week trip that focused on Greco-Roman archeological sites in Tunisia and Morocco, I am enjoying a little light reading from Don Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code,” called “The Lost Symbol,” a nice diversion!
What is your most-prized possession?
Without a doubt, it’s my family. I have two children who give me tremendous joy and pride, and a loving husband who still makes me laugh!
What do you do for fun?
I have always been very active so I enjoy getting outside – walking on the beach or up in Torrey Pines reserve, playing cello, sculpting, going to the gym (yes, I actually enjoy going!), traveling, and riding my red Vespa through Del Mar!
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
I would have to say my greatest accomplishment so far was my ability to support myself as an artist. I graduated with a degree in fine arts and immediately became affiliated with a Gallery in Beverly Hills. They bought everything I produced, which was quite the opposite of the starving artist image!
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
To be creative is the ability to generate innovative ideas and manifest them from thought into reality. Life offers so much to see and to know — Be Creative!
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