About the Artist
Eva Francis is a contemporary West Coast landscape painter. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba, and studied Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York. Born and raised in the interior of British Columbia, she pursued a career in graphic design.
After raising three daughters with her husband and moving to cities such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Seattle, and Strasbourg, France, Eva returned to making paintings.
It was at a gallery in Banff, Alberta, where she first saw a painting using wax, then at a number of galleries in Europe where they were labelled as mixed media. Intrigued, she did some research on the internet and found some workshops in the US. Since then she has taken part in a number of shows on the North Shore, Vancouver and Salt Spring Island.
You can find Eva in her garden studio in West Vancouver most days working on panels large and small; after she has gone on a hike or snowshoe on the North Shore Mountains. Her windows look out on the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea) and Gulf Islands where freighters, seaplanes and flocks of crows are seen on their daily commute.
I live by the ocean at the edge of the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest. I love the beauty of this place in any weather. I spend a lot of time outdoors on the hiking trails of Vancouver’s North Shore and out on the water. My observations of the natural landscape compels me to distill this in my paintings.
For the last four years I have used wax as my medium of choice. There are unique challenges to this medium, which often results in many trials. When one of those trials is successful, it feels wonderful like there is no other way I would rather paint.
I am usually working on a number of panels at one time; small panels to try out an idea or new method, and larger panels where the size gives me the chance to expand on the image. My current work relates to the local landscape.
The climate - seen as fog, cloud and rain - literally hold the colours that I am painting.
The bridge, freighters & seaplanes are my icons.
Bachelor of Fine Arts • University of Manitoba
Communication Design • Parsons School of Design, New York City
2017 • North Shore Art Crawl • North Vancouver
2016 • Anonymous Art Show • North Vancouver
2016 • Spring Artists Group Show, Pousette Gallery • Vancouver
2015 • Anonymous Art Show • North Vancouver
2015 • Solo Exhibition, Gallery at Hedgerow House • Salt Spring Island
2015 • Art in the Garden • North Vancouver
2015 • Nature Re-Imagined, Ferry Building Gallery • West Vancouver
2014 • Anonymous Art Show • North Vancouver
2013 • Harmony Arts Festival • West Vancouver