"I discovered printmaking during my studies as an art major at Dartmouth. From my first etching class - even from the very fist simple mono print - I felt an immediate affinity for the medium. Learning to work within any artistic medium is really like learning a new language. Etching for me felt like a very familiar language. I enjoyed then, and still enjoy, every step of the printmaking process as much as the final product. I love the relationship that you have to develop with each piece of copper that comes to you so clean and full of promise, and I feel a responsibility to use it well and fulfill that promise. Because of this relationship with the plate and paper and acid and ink, the impression that you create in the end is all the more rich and full of surprises. I work on broadening the range of etching methods at my disposal and like to mix soft-ground, hard-ground, aquatint and drypoint in the search for the wonderful textures unique to printmaking. I'm also exploring multi-plate, multi-color techniques that I've recently studies in workshops in both the Czech Republic and Italy ."
Maya Hardin received her B. A. from Dartmouth College and continued her studies at the Art Students League of New York, and has attended Workshops in Color Etching with Sweitlan N. Kraczyna - Olomouc , Czech Republic , 2003 & Barga , Italy , 2004. She has exhibited prints in "A Message from New York" shown at Sky Gallery in Osaka, Japan & The Lobby Gallery in New York City. Also, Gallery of Graphic Arts, NYC, & Allied Artists of America Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC.