My paintings usually start without intentions: putting down paint in random brushstrokes, scraping away, sanding down, adding found images and ephemera, then covering it all up to perhaps be revealed later. It is a process of addition and subtraction, and this layering gives a history and richness to the images that emerge from that.
If asked, I’d say I work like a magpie;
picking up rusted metal, feathers, rocks, scraps of interesting paper and fabric, etc. — that I translate into my paintings.
I was born in a small town adjacent to what was the vast wilderness of central and northern British Columbia. My world was small. There was only one channel on television. Early memories were of my brother and I spending summer holidays at my father's logging camp. Spotting bear and moose from my dad's truck as we made our way to the middle of nowhere. My father was adept at bringing home wild game, remembering fishing for trout on isolated lakes and my mother and grandmother picked berries and mushrooms.
Since that time I have traveled and lived in numerous cities; I consider myself an urbanite/city dweller. I love restaurants, culture, galleries, music events...but it is when I am in nature that I feel creative. The stillness allows my eyes and mind to take in
the environment and prompts me to paint.
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About the Artist
Eva is a contemporary West Coast 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 several galleries in Europe where they were labeled 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.