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


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?



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