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Sculpture and Painting- North American Wildlife
 
For a more personal look into my life as a wildlife artist and photographer, please visit my blog at EvasWildlifeArt.WordPress.com!


A childhood surrounded by nature often provides the building blocks for future wildlife artists. It serves to create a reverence for the earth's tremendous and amazing variety of life forms. Growing up on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Eva spent her childhood exploring the woodlands, marshes, and ponds of the Indiana Dunes. Many happy hours were spent scouring the dunes and their ponds for frogs, tadpoles, turtles, toads, and salamanders. She also gives great credit to her mother for boldly taking her children camping each summer, across the U.S. and Canada. That early exposure to so many different types of habitats and wildlife, helped to further instill her love of nature and wild places.

Naturally, her love of drawing animals began quite early. And, surprisingly, horses came into her life during her early teen years, giving her greater access to wild areas where few people venture. Eva notes, "I, like all children, was in love with animals- especially the wild ones. Each fleeting encounter left a hauntingly beautiful image etched in my mind. Even now, they rattle around for years, waiting to come back to life in the form of a sculpture or painting. As an adult, I find that all of the fieldwork and research that goes into being able to accurately recreate those moments, rejuvenates my spirit and reconnects my soul to all that has come before and all that I hope will continue after."

Though always a creative person, fine art came into her life with a plein aire oil painting class in Santa Cruz, California in 1979, while pregnant with her first baby. What a time to discover your life's passion! Since then, life has taken Eva from the redwoods and ocean of California, to living in the Hill Country of Texas, the remote mountains of western North Carolina, the piedmont of Virginia, back to Indiana- and in early 2006, finally settling in Colorado. Though primarily a self-taught artist, Eva gratefully and lovingly acknowledges each and every creative soul who has graced her life with their love, friendship, inspiration, knowledge, and encouragement.

After working with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for 3 years- and having completed the hands-on responsibilities of raising her family- her travels have now taken her across the length and breadth of North America several times- from Washington State to Florida, Prince Edward Island to Arizona and California. 2005 took her back through the Florida Everglades, then around the far side of the world, to Australia and China- her first world travels! Although some of those "down-under" creatures may eventually find their way into some of her work, Eva focuses primarily on North American wildlife. She says, "It is terribly important to educate our people- especially the children- about the amazing variety and needs of the creatures and plants native to our own hemisphere. Wildlife art helps in that mission. Wildlife art can have an effect on the way we view our planet and her creatures, as well as how we see ourselves- mere parts within the extremely complex web of life- interconnected and interdependent. Our earth is made up not only of today, but also the remnants of all time before, and the fragile promise of all that may come after. Given the proper stewardship, the earth possesses a remarkable ability to replenish and heal itself. Art reminds us to stop, brush off the dust of our everyday lives, and appreciate the beauty around us."


NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2015 Artists For Conservation Foundation, "The Art of Conservation 2015" Juried Virtual Exhibition
2014 Artists For Conservation Foundation, "The Art of Conservation 2014" Juried Virtual Exhibition
2014 America’s Parks II, Bolivar, MO; Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, CO; Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
2013 Rocky Mountain Animal Artists/ The Wildlife Experience Museum, "Wildlife Experience in Art", Parker, Colorado
2013 Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado
2013 Artists For Conservation Foundation, "The Art of Conservation 2013" Juried Virtual Exhibition
2012 American Women Artists "Visions of the Southwest" Exhibition, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona
2012 American Women Artists "Annual Juried Member Show", K. Newby Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Tubac, Arizona
2012 Artists For Conservation Foundation, "The Art of Conservation 2012" Juried Live Exhibition,
Vancouver, British Columbia
2011 Artists For Conservation Foundation, “The Art of Conservation 2011” Juried Virtual Exhibition
2011 National Sculpture Society, 78th Annual Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
2011 Sculpture in the Park, 28th Annual Show and Sale, Loveland, Colorado…juried in, cannot attend.
2011 24th International Exhibition on Animals in Art, School of Vet. Med., L.S.U., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2010 National Sculpture Society, “Recent Works” Show, Members Virtual Exhibition
2010 Indiana Wildlife Artists, Annual Show, Muncie, Indiana
2010 Artists For Conservation Foundation, “The Art of Conservation 2010” Juried Virtual Exhibition
2010 Society of Animal Artists 50th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, San Diego, California
2010 Art of the Animal Kingdom XV, Bennington, Vermont
2009 Society of Animal Artists “Small Works, Big Impressions”, Parker, Colorado
2009/ 2010 Society of Animal Artists touring exhibition, “Art and the Animal”, Parker, Colorado / Tucson, Arizona /
Cincinnati, Ohio
2009 American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Easton, Maryland
2009 Society of Animal Artists 49th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Salina, Kansas
2009 Art of the Animal Kingdom XIV, Bennington, Vermont
2008 American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Pasadena, California
2008 Art of the Animal Kingdom XIII, Bennington, Vermont
2008 17th annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show, Loveland, Colorado
2008 21st International Exhibition on Animals in Art, School of Vet. Med., L.S.U., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2007 American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Scottsdale, Arizona
2007 16th annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show, Loveland Colorado
2007 National Greeley Art Exhibition, Greeley, Colorado
2007 Northern Colorado Artists Association 16th National Art Exhibition, Ft. Collins, Colorado

Competitions
2009 American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Easton, Maryland
2008 American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Pasadena, California
2008 Ward World Championship Carving Competition, Ocean City, Maryland
2008 21st International Exhibition on Animals in Art, School of Vet. Med., L.S.U., Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Permanent Museum Collections
2017 Off to a Good Start" - nesting Bald Eagle family, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2016 Gt. Horned Owl, Ravens, The Art of Chase Studio Traveling Exhibit, Chase Studio, Missouri
2016 Great Horned Owl, Blue Jay, Taneyhills Children's Library, Branson, Missouri
2015 Sora Rail, Killdeer, N. Cardinal, N. Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker – Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois
2015 Great Horned Owl, The Scott Family Amazeum Children’s Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas
2015 Bronze Animal Tracks and Scat, Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center
2015 Blue Jay, Shafer Memorial Art Gallery museum, Great Bend, Kansas
2013 “Eyes On The Prize” – Greater Roadrunners and Collared Lizard, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2012 “The Winds of Change” – Greater Sandhill Cranes, Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area Visitor Center Monument, Linton, Indiana
2012 “Beaded Lace” – Gila Monster, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2009 “Last Tango” –Tarantula with Cockroach, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2008 “Space Invasion” – Prairie Rattlesnake, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2007 “Space Invasion” – Prairie Rattlesnake, commission, The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado

Commissions / Awards
2017 "Off to a Good Start"- nesting Bald Eagle family, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2014 “Eyes On The Prize” – Roadrunners, ** Top Sculpture Award **, “America’s Parks II”, Through the Beauty of Art
2014 “Beaded Lace” – Gila Monster, Honorable Mention, “America’s Parks II”, Through the Beauty of Art
2014 “Desert Denizen” – Wtrn Screech Owl, Honorable Mention, “America’s Parks II”, Through the Beauty of Art
2013 "The Winds of Change" - Bronze Sandhill Cranes in flight, ** Award of Excellence **, Artists For Conservation Foundation, "The Art of Conservation 2013"
2013 “Eyes On The Prize” – Greater Roadrunners and Collared Lizard, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2012 “The Winds of Change” – Greater Sandhill Cranes, Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area Visitor Center Monument,
Linton, Indiana
2012 “Beaded Lace” – Gila Monster, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2010 “Checking out the Competition” – Red-breasted Merganser, 1st Place, Sculpture Division, Indiana Wildlife Artists Competition, Muncie, Indiana
2009 “Last Tango” –Tarantula / Roach, commission, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
2008 “On My Way” – Young Eastern Box Turtle, Runner Up (3-D) to Best of Show, American Women Artists National
Juried Competition, Pasadena, California
2008 “The Swimming Lesson” – Am. Alligators, 3rd Place, Ward World Championship Carving Competition, Sculpture Division, Ocean City, Maryland
2008 “Time to be Moving On” – Copperhead Snake, Honorable Mention, International Exhibition on Animals in Art,
School Of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2007 “Space Invasion” – Prairie Rattlesnake, commission, The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado
2005 “Time to be Moving On” – Copperhead Snake, 1st Place, Woodcraft 2nd Annual Wildlife Carving Competition,
Central Indiana Region

Affiliations (Past and Present)
Artists For Conservation Foundation (AFC), Signature Member
Society of Animal Artists (SAA), Associate Member
American Women Artists (AWA), Signature Member- 2012
National Sculpture Society (NSS), Associate Member
Rocky Mountain Animal Artists Group (RMAAG)- 2013-2014
Ozark Museum of Natural History, Chase Studio Exhibit Division, Sculptor/ Modeler- 2014-2016





Education
2014-2017 Ozark Museum of Natural History, Chase Studio Exhibit Division, Cedarcreek, Missouri
2010 Bird Sculpture, Sandy Scott, Scottsdale, Arizona
2007 Carving Workshop, Floyd Scholz, Gwinn, Michigan
2007 Carving Workshop, Larry Barth, Gwinn, Michigan
2007 Carving Workshop, Pat Godin, Gwinn, Michigan
2007 Carving Workshop 2, Keith Mueller, Gwinn, Michigan
2007 Carving Workshop 1, Keith Mueller, Gwinn, Michigan
2007 Carving Workshop, Floyd Scholz and Ernie Muehlmatt, Gwinn, Michigan
2007 Bas Relief Workshop, Jim Franklin, Loveland, Colorado
2006 Carving Workshop, Floyd Scholz, Gwinn, Michigan
2006 Bas Relief Workshop, Jim Franklin, Loveland, Colorado
2006 Sculpture Classes, Diane Mason, Loveland, Colorado
2005 Carving Workshop, Floyd Scholz, Gwinn, Michigan
2005 Sculpture Workshop, Pati Stajcar, Loveland, Colorado
2000 – 2003 Carving Classes, Willy Wilmoth, Richmond, Virginia

 
Support for Conservation:

Nature Conservancy
Audubon Society
Peregrine Fund
National Wildlife Federation
World Wildlife Federation

 
Special Achievements:
  • 2013 - "Eyes On The Prize" - Greater Roadrunners/ Collared Lizard on Prickly Pear Cactus stand
    http://www.naainakai.org/
    Commission for Na Aina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens collection, Kauai, Hawaii
     
  • 2013 - "The Winds of Change" - 2 Sandhill Cranes in Flight
    http://artistsforconservation.org/
    Awarded Artists For Conservation Foundation's 2013 "Award of Excellence". (One of five such awards given out for 2013, selected from the 200 pieces of art juried into AFC's annual "The Art of Conservation show.)
     
  • 2012 - "Beaded Lace" - Reticulated Gila Monster on Cholla Cactus Skeleton and Red Sandstone shelf
    http://www.naainakai.org/
    Commission for Na Aina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens collection, Kauai, Hawaii
     
  • 2012 - "The Winds of Change" - Sandhill Cranes in flight, on Indian Limestone Base
    http://www.friendsofgoosepond.org/
    Joint project with New Mexico artist, Sharon Fullingim (bas relief limestone base). Selected from national search, for Goose Pond State Fish and Wildlife Visitor Center monument, Linton, Indiana
     
  • 2010 - "Checking out the Competition" - Red-breasted Merganser
    http://www.indianawildlifeartists.org/
    "Checking out the Competition" - Red-breasted Merganser
    1st Place, Sculpture Division, Indiana Wildlife Artists Competition, Muncie, Indiana
     
  • 2009 - "La Cucaracha" - Cockroach
    http://www.naainakai.org/
    Part of a commission for Na ‘Aina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens collection,
    Kauai, Hawaii
    (In conjunction with Tarantula, the pair was titled
    "THE LAST TANGO")
     
  • 2009 - “Itsy Bitsy Spider” – Mexican Red-knee Tarantula
    http://www.naainakai.org/
    Commission for Na ‘Aina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens collection,
    Kauai, Hawaii
    “Itsy Bitsy Spider” – Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
    (In conjunction with the cockroach, the pair was titled
    "THE LAST TANGO")
     
  • 2008 - “On My Way” – Eastern Box Turtle
    http://www.americanwomenartists.org/
    “On My Way” – Eastern Box Turtle, 2nd Place, American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Pasadena, California

     
  • 2008 - "The Swimming Lesson" - American Alligators
    “The Swimming Lesson” – Am. Alligators
    3rd Place, Ward World Championship Carving Competition, Sculpture Division, Ocean City, Maryland
     
  • 2008 - "Time to be Moving On" - Copperhead
    “Time to be Moving On” – Copperhead Snake
    Honorable Mention, International Exhibition on Animals in Art, School Of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
     
  • 2008 - "Space Invasion"- Prairie Rattlesnake
    http://www.naainakai.org
    2008 “Space Invasion” – Prairie Rattlesnake
    Selected for permanent collection
    Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens,
    Kauai, Hawaii
     
  • 2007 - "Space Invasion" - Prairie Rattlesnake
    http://www.thewildlifeexperience.org/
    Commission for The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado collection.
    "Space Invasion" - Prairie Rattlesnake
     
  • 2005 - "Time to be Moving On" - Copperhead
    “Time to be Moving On” – Copperhead Snake (original carving)
    1st Place, Woodcraft 2nd Annual Wildlife Carving Competition, Central Indiana Region
     
Collections:
  • 2013 - Na 'Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens
    http://www.naainakai.org/
    Permanent Museum Collection - Commissioned sculpture
    "Eyes On The Prize" - Greater Roadrunners/ Collared Lizard, on Prickly Pear cactus stand, Na 'Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
     
  • 2012 - Na 'Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens
    http://www.naainakai.org/
    Permanent Museum Collection- Commissioned sculpture
    "Beaded Lace" - Reticulated Gila Monster on Cholla Cactus skeleton, Na 'Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
     
  • 2012 - Goose Pond State Fish and Wildlife Area
    http://www.friendsofgoosepond.org/
    Permanent Collection - Commissioned monument
    "The Winds of Change" - Sandhill Cranes in flight, on Indiana Limestone base. (Joint project. Base created by New Mexico sculptor, Sharon Fullingim.) Goose Pond State Fish and Wildlife Area Visitor Center monument, Linton, Indiana
     
  • 2009 - Na 'Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens
    http://www.naainakai.org
    Permanent Museum Collection - Commissioned sculpture
    "La Cucaracha" - Cockroach, (Part of sculpture entitled "The Last Tango"), Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii

     
  • 2009 - Na 'Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens
    http://www.naainakai.org
    Permanent Museum Collection - Commissioned sculpture
    "Itsy Bitsy Spider" - Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula , (Part of sculpture entitled "The Last Tango", Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
     
  • 2008 - Na 'Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens
    http://www.naainakai.org
    Permanent Museum Collection
    “Space Invasion” – Prairie Rattlesnake, Na ‘Āina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens, Kauai, Hawaii
     
  • 2007 - The Wildlife Experience
    http://www.thewildlifeexperience.org
    Permanent Museum Collection - Commissioned sculpture
    “Space Invasion” – Prairie Rattlesnake

     
Organization Membership:
  • 2008 - Artists For Conservation Foundation (AFC)
    http://www.natureartists.com/
    Signature Member
    The Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Foundation represents the world's leading collective of artists focused on nature and wildlife, with a membership spanning five continents and twenty-seven countries. The organization's mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.
     
  • 2008 - Society of Animal Artists (SAA)
    http://www.societyofanimalartists.com/index.html
    Associate Member
    The Society of Animal Artists is devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through its informative art seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations.
     
  • 2008 - National Sculpture Society
    http://www.nationalsculpture.org/
    Associate Member
    National Sculpture Society (NSS) promotes the knowledge of excellence in sculpture inspired by the natural world. Its members create, interpret, exhibit, collect and support the evolving tradition in American sculpture.
     
  • 2008 - American Women Artists
    http://www.americanwomenartists.org/
    Signature Member- 2012
    American Women Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the arts.
     

 

 
 
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