Meet the Maker: Eva Magill-Oliver
After a short hiatus on Meet The Maker series, there's no better way to kick it off again than by picking the brain of the lovely (rad, awesome, inspiring - having a tough time choosing just one adjective) Eva. Our favorite Artist/Mom (or Mom/Artist) is talking her process, inspirations, and future artistic goals. From collaborations with clothing line Native Stranger to raising her 4 year old, her life is never boring, and she definitely gets a cool mom sticker in our book.
Everyone has a different path to finding their creative rhythm and becoming an artist. What got you started?
I always wanted to be an artist. I never wanted to be anything else. After finishing my BFA in drawing and painting, I started working as an in-house artist at a fine arts publishing company. I always created my own personal work in parallel to my job. It has really only been in the past 5 years or so that I have solely concentrated on finding my own way and voice as an artist.
Your work has a strong graphic presence, yet still looks very natural and organic. Where do you draw your inspirations from?
The contrast between imagery and materials is basically what lies at the core of my work. Using bold lines set against more delicate silhouettes or finding graphic patterns that represent the natural environment in an authentic way. I am always trying to find the balance between the two by maintaining a fluidity between color palettes, line work, and imagery.
Where would you like to see your artistic career in the next 5 years, and do you have any advice for artists just starting out?
I’m really interested and motivated in working on collaborative partnerships with other artists and companies. I find that these kinds of partnerships push me to explore new ideas in my work while hopefully providing new and fresh perspectives for them as well. I’m really excited to be doing a collaboration with Native Stranger, a clothing brand with a vision similar to my own. To keep the work classic and contemporary while always learning and adapting to new people and cultures. I am looking forward to seeing what our partnership will create for their SS17 collection!
As far as advice, my own path as an artist has taught me that it can be a tough and winding road. Persistence is key in several ways – it not only keeps you forging ahead, but also allows you to mature as an artist and always be progressing with your own work. That is something that has always kept my batteries charged. Bringing new ideas into my work, sketching constantly, and always striving to be a better artist.
When you're not painting, what are you typically up to? Any other interests?
My other job is taking care of my 4-year old son, Bay. Honestly, he has helped me to become more focused and efficient with my work. When I actually have any spare time, I enjoy running and getting my hands dirty with plants, flowers, etc..
Last but not least, who are some artists and makers out there that you think we should know about?
My favorite artist since I was in college is my friend Leslie Snipes. Her minimalist, nature-inspired drawings have always inspired me and she is someone that I have always looked up to as an artist.
Stephanie Dotson is another friend, painter, and installation artist that I admire greatly. Her family keeps her super busy, but she has always found the energy to produce beautiful art while teaching at the same time.
Another painter that I have to mention is Tim Hussey. He applies traditional techniques in a fresh and modern way and the result is truly breathtaking.