Maren Smay lives in Littleton, CO with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys long walks and exploring the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains with her family. She is passionate about art and expressing herself creatively.

Artist Statement:

Sometimes I feel like a caterpillar whose friend is telling him it is time to spin a cocoon. He’s like, “You want me to do what now? No thanks, I think I'll stick with what I know!” It is clear to see that the caterpillar is missing out big time, but from his perspective he only sees the unknown. My work explores the struggle to rise above adversity, fear, apathy, and self doubt in order to reach one's full potential. It portrays strength, boldness, humility and love. My work challenges the viewer to look beyond the status quo, inspiring them to live up to their full potential and to use that potential to make a difference in the world. I express myself through abstraction, painting with acrylics on canvas.The journey of the painting is just as important to me as the end result. As I paint, scrape, and wipe away, I learn to let go and trust the process allowing the painting to reach its full potential. Each painting is an adventure made all the more meaningful because of the struggle.