Eva is a painter based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She uses a variety of materials on differing surfaces including paper, canvas and board. The choice of medium and colour plays an important role in order to express mood and emotion. Her work has evolved into two distinct types of painting. While both methods involve a spontaneous approach their visual outcome is very different.
'The first approach uses a flat, varnished surface. This acts as a base for an ink based drawing, spontaneous doodles appear to grow across the surface. I am interested in the process of automatic drawing, in order to create organic shapes which become like dreamscapes that explore the unconscious mind.
In contrast to the drawing pieces I also work with layers of varnish that are poured onto the surface of the painting. The process of adding different materials to the wet varnish allows the work to erupt and change to create 'landscape like' macrocosms.
Although the choice of medium and one domineering colour is decided at the beginning, the work evolves into a rich surface of contours so that the entire process becomes like alchemy. This mixture of control and spontaneity allows me to create abstract, inner landscapes. The inspiration for my work is based on the exploration of self and the imagination. The paintings are an abstract expression of the effects that external factors including time and place can have on the conscious self. On another level my work is an attempt to represent the sub-conscious. Although the technique described above is currently my preferred way of working, I am constantly exploring variations that retain the drawing elements of my work.'