TiaIn the GardenPrima DonnaHigh AtlasRuby RoadShades of BlueCinnamon SugarKanaariAs the Crow FliesCuminCilantro SkyPaprikaJamaican Me CrazySet UpUnboundForsythia BrambleLet the Vacation Begin!Out WalkingYellowWorld Gone WildBlue ForestBoth SidesSilenceThe Rhythm of the HeatExposure The Quarry, Our Secret WorldThe Wind Was Meant To BeGhosts at Smiley's PondSummer LoveWashing of the WaterHiking in the BerkshiresKiss of LifeFrom the TrainA Song About the SunThe CoastA Hot Day in SiracusaThe Crazy Cries of LoveWhen the Night Comes Falling From the SkyLet Me Follow You DownDon't Fall Apart On Me TonightRoll OnEdison's Fighting RingGates of EdenSomething's Burning BabyUnder Your SpellOutlaw BluesA Simple Twist of FateAs I Went Out One MorningGoing, Going, GoneOn a Night Like ThisThe Fickle MoonSwear not by the MoonNorth CountrySouthboundWild NightTangled Up In BlueGuardiansSpring AgainBlueWhere Angels DwellWhen Fireflies Come Out to PlayBirch Spring BirchesApril is HereBright Side of the RoadLifting Fog on the Appalachian TrailBurning GroundExtreme WeatherDelugeHarvest RainWhite Out, Fog after SnowOne Last Look After a Day of FishingWarm Southern EveNuvola VerdeTempestaTempesta ElettricaNuvola BiancaAutumn SongA Sense of WonderTerra ArdensSmiley's PondAryan MistYour Kind of RambleMillwood Church SpireReckoningMoon on Lake GeorgeSaffron PinesWindsweptAurora BorealisConfetti SkyTempestFireworksFriendly SkiesNeptune's Reality ShowHallelujahRadiantBlushHiking Sky MeadowsAppalachian Trail GorgeThe WayMother of Pearl MorningA Certain Slant of LightThe Hush of Blandy FarmChurch in Siena New Day New YorkA Touch of Whimsy GetawayIce Skating PartyCity in the SnowRoiling SkiesWavelength 575Sleepy LagoonJanuary ReflectionsBrand New DayMooncake FestivalLantern FestivalFull Moon PartyChaosEosAuraFirefliesAre We There Yet?Through the PinesGatheringNight LightAlmost HomeRelicJohn Muir's Thought CloudApollo's Happy HourThe Long Drive HomeOn the TurnpikeLittle Red Riding Hood's ForestWinter ShrubsMagic TimeLeaving StockbridgeShadowsA Sun Filled ClearingAutumn TryptichNo BordersKiss MeSur La PlageAutumn GlimpseHeading WestToo HotThe Owl and the MoonGoat ShrineRiver BreezeRiver PathRiver StandPotomac EdgeAutumn in the AirKeeping CoolChurch in Trento, ItalyBethany Beach in the WinterMiddleburg GardenDid You See That Sunset?Summer in LenoxPea IslandBluemont PondBluemont Pond IIShadow CreekNew Hampshire ChurchIndian SummerSpring FieldThe View From HomeMoonriseAuroraLavender WinterNear BerryvilleA Foggy SunriseApril in WintergreenSunset on Smiley's PondBursting TwilightWinter SunsetRooftop ViewA Child's SummerWhere We'd Like To BeFirst BlossomsNovemberSummer ThunderStill StandingCitrus SkyLast LightUntitledMarshSky ExplodingAutumn MarshOn A Drive in Nova ScotiaAutumn
Tia Maggio P.O. Box 185 Millwood, VA 22646 202-738-2373 www.tiamaggio.com

A native New Yorker, Tia Maggio, was formally trained in graphic design and advertising at Pratt Institute, she went on to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to study fine art and art history.
Even before then, this pastel artist was immersed in the world of art. Her mother, Patricia, attended the Rhode Island School of design and was a painter and her father, Joseph, “a weekend watercolorist” had his own interior design firm in New York and London. After college, Tia was the director of sales at her father’s firm, during that time she opened and managed their corporate office in London. Later she partnered with her friend Sonja, another Pratt graduate, to form Sontina Graphic Design, where their mainstay was designing company logos.
When children came along, Tia left the corporate world and turned to watercolors and from there to pastels. After advertising she enjoyed the looseness –freedom- of fine art.
She admires German Expressionist Emil Nolde, and artist Wolf Kahn. She loves the untamed wildness of Nolde and in turn the ethereal calm of Wolf Kahn. Inspired, too, by painter Charles Burchfield, she is excited by his fearless vision.
Tia pulls her inspiration from nature as “it is the only thing that really makes sense to me - wild sunsets, storms, brambles and branches.” Once described as a tonalist, she describes herself as a nature based expressionist.
“By cutting up life into glances and emotionally charged interjections rather than formal views, the viewer can fill in the blanks.” Like a good novel, she doesn’t give the story away.
“I like the immediacy of pastels because you can manipulate them with your fingers – and don’t have to wait for paint to dry! I could never really tell you what colors I use, I just reach for them instinctively, like cooking without a recipe – a pinch of this, a splash of that… Creating my art is a personal and intuitive process for me. I don’t like to intellectualize and wax on about my paintings. I start a visual story and let the viewer finish it. Nothing is more pleasing than to hear someone say, ‘oh that reminds me of…’ or ‘this painting makes me feel…’ My creation becomes their story by evoking an emotion or a memory.”
It has been 25 years since Tia move from the Big Apple to (then) rural Loudoun County Virginia, and where she raised her two children, Isabella and Charlie. Currently she resides in bucolic Millwood, a place that has provided much inspiration.
Her pastels of sloping Piedmont hills and skies have been exhibited locally in Northern Virginia and New York City, and are in private collections in the U.S., Italy, Southern France, and most recently, Guatamala