My name is Eva Christensen. I live and paint from my home in Hanwell, New Brunswick. I recharge by spending time with my husband and our dogs, and I am kept grounded by our cats who think nothing of drinking my paint water and walking across my paintings as they dry.
I always say that I paint what I see. But really, I paint what I want to remember.
I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, where I was first introduced to watercolour painting by a neighbouring artist more than thirty years ago. I painted with her every Wednesday after school for a few years, and it was through this mentorship that my own signature style began to form. My work has always been rooted in realism. I look back on paintings of houses and people I created when I was twelve years old, and I can see in them the same attention to detail and composition that are a hallmark of my work today. My paintings have evolved as my surroundings have evolved. It was not until I moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick with my husband in early 2019 that I began to seriously build my art portfolio. I finally combined years of building technical skill with the everyday views that I find so inspiring – the architecture of downtown Fredericton, the landscapes, our adventures exploring our new home.
I work exclusively from reference photos that I take carefully to capture light, composition, and narrative qualities that I think would translate well when recreated as paintings. Even though I primarily paint what I see, I am focused on more than capturing details. My painting today is driven by capturing memories – the reality of a specific moment in time and place and all the wonderful little details that deserve to be remembered. It is these little details that connect viewers to my work.
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