Painter: Eva Volf
My name is Eva Volf.
2. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
A world traveler (21 countries for now), based in Cleveland, by Lake Erie, where I often paint plein air or just watch spectacular sunrises at Headlands beach.
A full time fine artist best known for peaceful atmospheric seascapes.
4. What artists inspire you?
I am inspired by atmospheric seascapes of J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer, E. John Robinson and Byron Pickering.
5. How did you become interested in art?
I’ve been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember myself. It’s always been the fun part of my life and personality. My love of the Ocean flows deeply from childhood memories, renewed with every breathtaking sunrise and sunset. Passionate about travelling and the world’s beaches, I capture the emotions these inspiring places evoke through oil on canvas. My favorite places on the East Coast are Cape Elizabeth (Maine), the Outer Banks (Hatteras, NC) St. Augustine and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida. I usually take these inspirational tours every two-three months to paint on location and to gather information for my studio pieces. The Ocean contains the wisdom of life in its intricate foam patterns and secretive depths; its infinitely changing character is a useful metaphor to keep life in perspective.
6. What motivates you?
With every new painting I challenge myself to grow artistically and seeing my progress and growth, getting feedback from my fellow artists and art collectors is what drives me to create.
7. How would you describe your aesthetic?
I would define my style as contemporary realism with elements of abstraction.
8. What advice do you have for beginning artists?
Paint every day, making small plein air studies, observe the light, values, edges and colors in nature. The ultimate key to a painter’s success is practice.
9. What painting of yours are you most proud of?
My personal all time favorite is “Creation”, a dream like seascape in oils and acrylics on canvas. This semi abstract piece immerses the viewer in the primal waters of the sea where life began.
10. How has your upbringing influenced your work?
My parents always supported me in my artistic endeavors, be it dancing, writing or painting. I always had all the art supplies needed and was free to experiment with whatever I wanted: I doodled, painted in watercolor and tempera, made collages and mixed media pieces, always inspired by beautiful nature around me and my own rich imagination
11. What are you working on now?
Currently I am exploring the transparency of water and its interplay with refracted and reflected light in my new series of waterscapes “Crystal Clear”. While my style is realistic, rendering water naturally creates abstractions.
12. What is your motto in life?
Leave people and places better than I find them. It can be as simple as offering a compliment, encouraging someone, giving someone a smile, a random act of kindness or just picking up trash I find at a park or beach clean-up.
13. Website: evavolf.com
14. Instagram: eva.volf