Monthly Feature: CHISHO MAAS
Chisho Maas began her professional life as an artist with painting and calligraphy in the Zen tradition, which is characterized by an aliveness and clarity of spontaneous brush work. She departed from calligraphy in the majority of her paintings, going totally to the abstract in the intuitive spirit and energy of Zen. This art work emerged at the culmination of her many years as a resident student in a Zen monastery and remains at the core of her later work.
In 2009 she began the study of representational painting using acrylics and oils. At her first juried show in 2010, her painting “umbrellas” was awarded Best of Show. Since that time her paintings have been juried into a number of shows and received several awards.
She believes that a spirit of the painting is created by the artist. “When all the elements are in harmony, that newly created spirit radiates to all who view it.”
Born and raised in California, Chisho Maas now resides in Longmont, Colorado. Her paintings currently on view at Rabbit Brush Gallery include scenes of Pella Crossing and the surrounding area.