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"Art is something that has taught me to breathe with a different kind of happiness." 

–Anni Albers

Creating is something that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Self-taught, I began drawing at a very young age but the idea of creating anything on canvas for scrutiny intimidated me. I decided to pursue a career as a pastry chef as edible art afforded me a creative outlet that felt much safer than anything I could put on a canvas. I put down my art tools for many years to focus solely on building my career as a pastry chef. When I decided I wanted to rediscover my original passion of drawing, an autoimmune disease had already left me with limited ability most days to hold a pencil the way I’ve known my whole life. Typically, the amount of time I am able to hold a pencil is limited so once I have outlined the artwork, I use my fingers to shade in the remaining places of the pieces. My paintings are done much in the same way.Maiya M. Lonesome currently works full time as part of the pastry team at The Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC; is the Executive Pastry Chef Instructor as well as an Adjunct Instructor at Frederick Community College; is the Owner/Artist of Monique Ellington Art; and the Owner/Cake Designer at The Fat Cat Cake Boutique. You can contact Maiya through her Facebook, Instagram, or Etsy store linked below. 

Maiya served in the US Army from 2008 - 2016.

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