'and forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play in your hair ' - Kathil Gibran
Hi, I’m Evelyn
So more and more, what I have found, is that beneath the surface of the everyday, lies a rich inner world just waiting to be explored. By using the inspiration of my daily sea walks and the landscape of the Garden county, it constantly gives me a rich outer resource that pours through into my paintings. It is certainly the beauty I see here, that has come to feed the process, passion and need to create that lies beneath.
Through this, I try to allow my hands access, move and translate what I have found outside and bring it to an internal place of what is left from these walks.
Through mark making, I build up layers of colour and texture that I hope reflect my emotional reaction to the residue it has left and to try show a place that reflects the soul of what I see and experience.
As an artist, I am especially drawn to the mesmerizing imagery of the sea and the landscape of Co Wicklow. I layer in oil colours, sometimes thick, sometimes transparent. I play with space and contrast, the solid with the ephemeral, the fixed with the fluid, the small object balanced against the expanse of space.
There is often areas of high texture balanced against a calm smooth surface within my paintings. Blue tends to be ever present in my work and on nearly everythiing I own now - myself included at some points after a day in the studio !!
I hope through my work, I can connect
on a deeper level with my viewer and draw in other fellow sensitive thinkers to evoke conversations about what they see and what really matters.
Our Souls desire is for each of us to evolve. It will lead you to the
unknown. Ask you quietly to go towards the places that are unfamiliar, mysterious and wildly spacious.
For a long period, I lost contact and touch with my art work. Life has a way of taking you off in many a direction. It was only in late 2021, I found myself returning to it and to a vow never to allow the creative process not form part of my every day. I have learnt slowly that you don’t have to be perfect to fulfil your dreams and it is truly the process of doing that makes the work evolve for me. What you do need is to believe in yourself – just a bit more each day.
It is through the process of making that the truth of what it is really about often reveals itself and its soul to me. I hope I give that justice in what I create. Evelyn