Eliza Evans: “Because Lucky Me I’m Free and I Can”

Artist name: Eliza Evans

Featured Work: Portrait


Along with her many other creations, talents and interests, including bird houses, herb spirals, children, and more (see her responses below) Eliza Evans is a prolific portrait painter. I first saw her work when she was painting portraits on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, Virginia, and like many local residents have been a fan ever since.  Her paintings are glad to be paintings; they do not hide their brushstrokes, and also seem to have a commitment to honesty. The characters (based off her subjects) in the images have a real presence, like the after effect when someone has just been in the room.

A Few More Featured Portraits:



Eliza Evans captures the beauty and relatability of her numerous subjects.

5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

“Attention to detail, making or changing something in a creative, positive, interesting way. I’m a painter so I think a lot about color and shape and light and shadow.”

2. What did you make in the past, and why?

“Lots of different things…portrait rainbow, painted furniture, pizza from scratch, hugelswales, herb spirals, salves, tinctures, flower bouquets, love cards, blackberry jelly, two cute kids, bluebird houses, rag dolls and puppets, hats, grafted fruit cocktail trees, plant guilds, books, 11 editions of the Every Day is a Holiday Calendar celebrating every single day since 2006… Why?  Because lucky me I’m free and I can. Doing what I can to live a productive life of creativity and fun. I get satisfaction from making things.”

3. What are you making now, and why?

“More herb spirals and herbal tinctures and teas – because I think it’s really cool to develop relationships with plants and use them to help heal your ills and keep you healthy. And I like growing plants in spirals.”

4. What are your hopes for the future?

“I have lots of funny dreams like helping to transform Walnut Creek Park into a paradise of flowers and edible fruit and nut trees.  I’d like to paint a mural at the IX park of the kids and adults from the neighboring housing projects to help include them in the local art scene. But at the moment I’m still nesting with my young family and am mostly focused on improving my house and yard.”

(5. Do you want to add anything? no)

Artist Supplied Background:

Eliza Evans grew up outside of Charlottesville in a creative, gardening family.  She is a mother of two young kids, a permaculture enthusiast and nature appreciator.  She grows flowers and trees and herbs and wildlife habitats and mushrooms on her farm in North Garden.  She is also a portrait painter from life, she usually paints heads and shoulders on small wood blocks and she usually lets the client pick a background color.   She has done a mural of her friends and family on a wall and is interested in painting more murals of actual people in a place where those people have been, are now, and might be in the future. Painting people on chairs and bags and hats and shirts is something she has done and is interested in doing more of.

Below, self portraits of the artist from 2008 and 2015:


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5 Questions for the Artist, © Julia Travers




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