Mary Evelyn has been creating art since a very young age. Her watercolor pet portraits are filled with whimsical character. She credits her grandmother and father, both painters, as those that have most inspired and encouraged her to pursue her artistic endeavors.
Where do you feel the most inspired?
Usually, I feel inspired in a place where nature is showcased, like a nursery or botanical garden. I love beautiful landscapes and cozy environments.
Tell us a little about your creative process.
When I’m free to create, I typically use life events or lessons to inspire original work. My bird series began with wanting to paint my dad’s favorite flower, dogwoods. I just build from there. Currently, most of my artwork is commissioned based.
What kind of projects are you working on right now? Or what are some of your ideas for future projects?
All commissioned work currently. I have been working on many home illustrations, for a Keller Williams, in Portland Oregon. They have kept me busy with home illustrations that they gift, to their clients. I’ve also been working with clients on lots of pet portraits. My future projects will include a body of works that tie into the theme “Legacy,” for my upcoming show. Each piece, in the series, will have a story.
Who’s your favorite current artist? (aka social media artist)
I would have to say Kari-Lise Alexander (@karilise on Instagram) is one of my favorites. Alex Louisa (@alexlouisa_ on Instagram) is another artist that inspires me.
If you could have dinner with any artist dead or alive who would it be?
What advice would you give to an artist who wants to be just like you?
Never stop creating. Keep moving forward, even if you feel nothing is coming to you creatively. Find artists that resonate with you and learn from them. We are here to collaborate not compete.
If you could go back and give advice to your younger self something about your art what would it be?
I would tell myself to not take several years off from art, because of work and feeling burnt out. I wasted time that I could have been honing my skills. Practice.
What’s your favorite supplies or “have to have” product/equipment that makes your process better.
I enjoy having my ceramic butcher trays, for watercolors. I also have to have a cup to hold paint brushes, pencil and pens.
What’s your favorite music to put on while creating.
Normally, it is classical or a movie soundtrack. However; I really enjoy Lindsay Sterling. I have a broad range of music that I listen to while creating art, but when I’m really focused it usually because I’m listening to an audio book.
What’s your favorite film/tv show that you think everyone should see?
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
What’s a subject that you know a surprising amount of?
What’s your favorite way of treating yourself after tackling a project?
I like shopping, getting a coffee, and buying more art supplies.
How do you want to challenge yourself artistically in the future?
I am working toward more art shows. Creating my art, which will include larger pet portraits.