The following photo essay was contributed by Vancouver photographer Dave Roels (www.daveroels.com).
It never occurred to me that an artist and art gallery would be a part of Behind the Scenes in Tourism until I met Jamie Evrard. Arts Umbrella asked me to stop by Jamie’s home studio and take a few photographs of her. After the portrait session Jamie told me I could come back any time I wanted.
These photographs are an example of a fun time shooting Jamie as she worked away, totally ignoring me. A good thing, too, otherwise she might have painted me and not the flowers.
Jamie Evrard is a painter and print maker best known for her lively and colourful explorations of still life and floral paintings using oil paint, monotype and watercolours. Her lush painterly approach to imagery has helped establish a strong reputation across Canada and in the United States.
Jamie Evrard received a B.A. in Art and Anthropology from Brown University and an M.A. and M.F.A. in studio art with a concentration in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Her work is included in collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Vancouver Art Gallery, Seattle Arts Commission Public Works Collection, Government of BC, Ministry of Culture Art Collection, Burnaby Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Simon Fraser University, Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, The Claridge Collection, Montreal.
Evrard says of her work: “What most intrigues me as subject matter for my paintings are the most ordinary things; still life objects that I see around the house day after day but which resonate for me in their familiarity, and rather unremarkable landscapes in which I can find a particular quiet, understated beauty and mystery. I paint in order to see what it is I am looking at. Making art is a way of taking possession, a way of finding out how things really are, or perhaps of making them as I would like them to be. If a few days go by without my having drawn or painted, I become completely impossible.”
Jamie Evrard artwork is presented by Bau-Xi Gallery here in Vancouver, BC.