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“ There is joy in catching a wave… My work expresses the wonder of life and nature”

Artist, author, award-winning children’s illustrator and keen surfer Maia Walczak is deeply inspired by the ocean and the bounty of nature
Maia is well-known for her paintings on surfboards and her award-winning books; sketches are made before digital editing. Her grandad’s cabin provides inspiration FAR RIGHT Creating a mural for a beachside cafe in Newquay, where Maia often surfs

Maia Walczak’s childhood summers were spent in Poland in a cabin in the woods built by her grandad, Czes¡aw. ‘I was born in London, but and nostalgia that I have from my childhood are wrapped up in that cabin,’ says Maia. ‘That way of life stayed with me. We had an outdoor compost toilet and the running water for bathing was so cold! We would heat it over the fire to wash outside - pouring buckets of water over ourselves; if it was warm enough and we felt brave, we would bathe in the stream, and we would wash our clothes by hand. We bought produce directly from local farmers. It was supposedly a less comfortable way of life but it stuck with me and is still an inspiration. It was such a divide, like I was living two diferent lives - London city life and the cabin.’

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