Intrinsic to the very process of making art is the simultaneous engagement of the artist with both the spiritual and the natural. Creativity itself is a divine branding on human beings, linking our image to the likeness of a Creator. However, ironically the process of creating brings the realization of our finite, frail yet beautiful humanity. I pursue to express a vivid sense of hope through the art that I make. Hope is an anchor to my soul. It is one based in personal faith of our magnificent Creator. I find my expression of this hope is often juxtaposed between larger than life concepts of truth and childlike simplicity. I like the visual contrasts, whether it be through texture, form, line or color, of elegance and awkwardness, of modern and Bohemian. I like loud laughter from a gentle soul and violent color with a healing calm. I make art in celebration of life.
My current abstract seascape work is inspired by Genesis 1:1-3 and the “hovering” energy of the Spirit in creation. The brooding of creativity is love. It is a life force which births light and order amidst chaos. My expression of this is through use of vibrant color planes that at first sight appear as single fields of color, yet when gazed into - layers of color are discovered through translucency, etched gesture and mark-making. Through use of vibrant color, thick paint, and the garden as metaphor, my expressionistic flower series has a similar motivation in communicating a hope and a yearning of the creation for the coming fulfillment of eternal glory on earth as it is in heaven.
~ Eva Trout
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eva lives in the Pittsburgh region with her husband, Scott. They have two children, Jonah and Sophia. Eva was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, attended PA Governor's School for the Arts and has a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University with a major in Painting, Drawing and Sculpture. Eva has completed missions training with an arts emphasis serving as a missionary with Youth With A Mission and other organizations. For over the past twenty-five years Eva has worked as a professional, exhibiting artist, exhibiting her work in galleries and museums in the region of Pittsburgh and beyond. Her artwork is in several corporate and residential collections. Also, Eva has taught art to all ages. She was the director of the art department at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy in Philadelphia. For over ten years, Eva worked as the international missions director at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh where she received her ordination. Eva has directed creative outreaches in a variety of settings. She has traveled globally leading creative missions in nations of the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. In 2017, Eva and her husband, Scott purchased and renovated an old building in Carnegie, Pa where her retail gallery and teaching studios, Firebox Art Studios are located. The gallery hosts the works of over twenty professional artists, as well as her own. Eva is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and NAWA (National Association Of Women Artists).
For more information about past exhibitions and gallery affiliations contact Eva at email@example.com.
“I am passionate about teaching, encouraging and coaching people to become all that they can be. I am available to speak or to do creative team building workshops for church groups, mission teams or businesses.
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