We are excited to be collaborating with Eva Magill-Oliver, an Atlanta based multi media artist. We are big believers in qualitative pieces designed for everyday life and this philosophy has connected us with Eva whose abstracts are perfect examples of the intersection of our physical surroundings and self-awareness. In her own words she expresses "I love to explore the movements, patterns, and connections found in the natural world. I am in awe of nature's subtle variations and how they flow and influence one another." We hope that you love this collection as much as we do.
Eva had been working uniquely on paper for several years, but has expanded her work to include oil/acrylic abstract paintings on canvas recently and this time, on mulberry silks. Eva is represented by a number of galleries nationally and you can find her work featured in several online boutiques and publications.
In her words:
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town called Myrtle Beach, a coastal city in the state of South Carolina in the Southern United States. I was lucky enough to live within walking distance of the beach, and the ocean has always been a big part of my life. It has impacted me personally and inspired my work for as long as I can remember.
Did you always want to be an artist?
I was always drawn to art and creativity from a very young age. My parents put me in both watercolor and oil painting classes and I took to both of them right away. My passion for art remained strong and I continued my art studies in college and beyond.
Where do you think your creativity comes from?
I am characteristically a shy and quiet person. I think my art and creativity are born from a need to express myself in a non-verbal way. To both reach others in a visual manner and, at the same time, satisfying my need to create.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I hope to communicate my love for what I do and the natural world, a strong and ever-present force in my work. My paintings are normally focused around a central theme or subject matter, while my sketchbook and drawings reflect personal, everyday thoughts and emotions.
What is your strongest memory?
My strongest memories involve one of my closest friend that I have know since I was 7 years old. Her family owned a summer home in rural Vermont. I would visit them every summer for years and stay for weeks at a time. Having grown up so close to the ocean, being able to spend time in those beautiful mountains was a blessing. It was a welcome departure form television and other daily distractions. We were alone with books, nature, music, and each other. Some of my best memories.
What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?
I actually think it is a very exciting time to be an artist. With the growth of social media, there are so many new channels for an artist to get their work seen and discovered. It can also be a great platform to distribute and sell work directly to the buyer. I also feel like there is a growth in new galleries that promote and showcase emerging artists. Another inspiring aspect of being an artist today is all of the new and modern materials becoming available. Artists thrive on pushing limits and exploring new avenues to express themselves. And with all the advancement of video, photogragphy, fiber optics, plastics, etc. – the sky is the limit for today’s creative.
Can you remember your first piece of art?
I took a private acrylic and oil painting class when I was 8 years old. I remember my first true painting quite well because she made us build and stretch our own canvases before starting to paint. I loved that process. The painting was of a young girl resting in the grass. Reflecting on it now, I think it’s interesting after all this time that my work is still centered around nature and our relationship to it as human beings.
When you aren’t working, what do you do?
Most of my time is spent with my 5-yr old son and my husband. Outside of family and my work, I enjoy reading, running, and being outdoors surrounded by nature. I also have a passion for design, especially home design and décor. I love perusing antique stores and markets for unique items that add unique character to our home.
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