About Tia Maggio
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.
About Julie Miles
Julie founded J Miles Studios in Washington DC, 1991, a full spectrum decorative and fine arts studio. Miles is dedicated to the tactile artistry and craftsmanship in creating visuals.
A native Virginian, Miles graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Pursuing a career in faux, mural and trompe l’oeil painting, she worked extensively with painting masters from Europe and the United States. Her work is featured in several embassies, hotels, restaurants, residences and numerous publications as Traditional Home, The Piedmont Virginian, Washington Post and on the cover of “The House That Faux Built.”
The last few years Miles has been able to split time between the scaffold and the studio. Her paintings are explorations in texture, tension, close observation and interpretation to the surrounding natural world.