Eva van Rijn

"What inspires me about canyons is the frightening drop..."

 Capturing Dawn   18" x 24" oil on canvas

Capturing Dawn

18" x 24" oil on canvas

 The Transformation   9" x 12", oil on canvas

The Transformation

9" x 12", oil on canvas

 Cooper's Lake #1    8 x 10, oil on canvas, 2006

Cooper's Lake #1

 8 x 10, oil on canvas, 2006

 At the Edge   12" x 16" oil on canvas

At the Edge

12" x 16" oil on canvas

 Gunnison in Moonlight  26" x 34"   oil on canvas, dome frame

Gunnison in Moonlight
26" x 34" oil on canvas, dome frame

 Cooper's Lake #2   9 x 12, oil on canvas.

Cooper's Lake #2

9 x 12, oil on canvas.

 Gunnison   20" x 16", oil on canvas

Gunnison

20" x 16", oil on canvas

 In the Wind  11" x 14", oil on canvas

In the Wind
11" x 14", oil on canvas

 Deep Cold, Cooper's Lake   8 x 10, oil on canvas, 2006

Deep Cold, Cooper's Lake

8 x 10, oil on canvas, 2006

 

Artist Statement

"What inspires me about canyons is the frightening drop, the ever changing colors of empty space, the way my mind wants to float into distance. At first it was hard to make my feet approach the edge. I had a sense of awe that I hope is captured in my paintings."

Artist Resume / Curriculum Vitae
 

I WAS BORN IN DEN HAGUE, HOLLAND IN 1936 AND EMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES WITH MY PARENTS DURING WW2. MY FAMILY MOVED TO WOODSTOCK, NY WHEN I WAS EIGHT, AND I WAS INSPIRED FROM AN EARLY AGE BY THE EXCITEMENT AND CREATIVITY OF THE WOODSTOCK ART ENVIRONMENT. 

I TOOK A YEAR OFF FROM COLLEGE TO STUDY AT THE ACADEMIA DE BELLE ARTE IN FLORENCE, ITALY, WHERE MY MOTHER HAD BEEN A STUDENT BEFORE ME. AFTER COLLEGE I MARRIED PAINTER-SCULPTOR EDWARD CHAVEZ, AND ABSTRACT ARTIST, AND WHEN OUR DAUGHTER MAIA (NOW ALSO AN ARTIST) WAS IN COLLEGE I STUDIED ART AND ART HISTORY AT YALE UNIVERSITY.

LANDSCAPE AND WILDLIFE ARE MY INSPIRATION. WITH FISHERMAN DICK STRAIN I AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO TRAVEL TO MANY OF THE WORLD