Maya Morland is an award-winning miniature painter and artist who resides in Jasper, Alabama. She is currently a partner in and co-owner of Morland Studios. Since 2007, Morland Studios produced forensic art for law enforcement, fine art for collectors, and fine crafts for fairs. Maya sculpted and produced miniature bases as part of Morland Studios under Valloa’s Vale and painted miniature commissions. In 2010, Morland Studios began producing fine metal and resin miniatures for collectors and games in 32mm, 64mm and 200mm.
Homeschooled in education, she was a docent at the Eighteenth Century and the Alabama Indian Exhibits at the Alabama State Archives in Montgomery at the age of twelve. From the age of twelve and up, she worked closely with the archaeologists of Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery on their joint archaeology sites where she participated in the archaeology digs and lab. At fourteen, she received a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research in archaeology. She authored a chapter in two books by the joint archaeologists which is soon to be published. She received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology.
She received early training in oil painting in the 1980’s, but found graphite and colored pencil to be her mediums of choice for rendering archaeological artifacts when she returned to drawing several years later. In 1998, she was a partner in Wyvern, LLC, a successful game store that carried one of the largest miniature collections in the U.S. After Wyvern closed, Maya trained as a forensic artist in 2005, and after several years of painting and selling 25mm metal miniatures, she re-entered the fine art world in 2007. Since then she has entered several art shows, winning numerous prizes. Four of her works were selected for purchase by the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s permanent collection in the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa. Her works are in the Nall Collection, the Hudnall Collection and in private collections in Alabama, Europe and Australia.
Artist Statement –
Archaeology has had the greatest influence on my artwork. In archaeology, realistic renderings of artifacts are essential and I find that I prefer to be as realistic as possible in my drawing. After discovering that colored pencil was well-suited to my style of hyper-realism and attention to detail it became my favorite medium. It is my primary goal to have my drawing imitate the real thing and my works are often mistaken for photographs.
When I paint fantasy miniatures, I tend to paint in a far less hyper-realistic style and it opens the door to being able to do color schemes and themes not found in nature. I find that this gives me a nice change from the hyper-realistic style of my drawing.