OTTAWA — Rebecca (Schroeder) Maag is a well-rounded artist who enjoys painting, photography, singing and playing a wide assortment of musical instruments from tenor sax to the guitar. She is one of those people who constantly challenges herself to learn something new.
“I was always interested in art growing up,” Maag said. “I started drawing as a kid.”
Maag said she started becoming seriously interested in art in junior high, even skipping lunch in lieu of working on projects.
It was the flood of 2007 in Ottawa that took her interest in art and turned it into a passion, she said.
“The flood is when my burst of creativity happened,” Maag said. “After being displaced from my home, I went and lived with my grandparents for nine months.”
It was during this time she began drawing more often and began to write poetry. She explained it was a way for her to process what was happening.
Maag graduated from Ottawa-Glandorf High School in 2012. She continued her education at Bowling Green State University, where she graduated with a degree in graphic design.
“When I was at Bowling Green, I was part of the Arts Village Learning Community,” Maag said, explaining it’s where art students lived and made art together in the same place. “It’s where I met most of my good friends from college.”
Katelyn Smith is one of Maag’s good college friends. They share a passion for Japanese culture and anime, as well as art in general. They both enjoyed discussing the symbolism in anime and analyzing the stories.
“In the end I want to watch something that challenges my beliefs so I can learn and grow as a person,” Maag said of her love for Japanese anime.
“I think as we dove into the symbolism in anime, she started to use that in her art,” Smith said. “She’s always been very thoughtful in her artwork.”
This thoughtfulness is evident in a triptych titled “Where Am I Going.”
“On my face is a road map of where I’ve been,” Maag said. “It’s an example of how I blend graphic design and photography,” Maag said.
Maag works for Hanson Inc., in Maumee, as a visual designer.
“Basically, I make a beautiful blueprint for the client,” she said. “Once it’s approved, we pass it to the engineers to do the coding.”
Maag married Steve Maag, also from Ottawa, in October. They live in a “cute little house in the country” in New Bavaria.