Trying to catch elusive moments in her art, Evelyne is a figurative painter who hopes the images she creates translate back into how she has felt while working in the viewer’s mind. Sometimes peaceful and sometimes full of energy, she is often working with deep colours and impressionistic style.
In this short feature, she explains how she approaches making art.

Evelyne Herbin, Strike the Pause, £325

 

I have always been interested in the aesthetics. It was only a natural process to move from being a spectator to a working artist. Creating with aesthetics is a fascinating process. It is a beautiful world where anything can happen! You are at the mercy of the imagination. You are suddenly getting involved with paints, participating in the motion, and hopefully bringing more beautiful things into the world. Any artistic endeavour is really based on interpreting the world from her/his own imagination. I think it is the most fascinating aspect of being an artistic.

I like in the process of painting in assembling a multitude of layers creating a flow of connectivity between them. There is the element of duality that I cannot escape, light and dark, the yin and yang of creativity.

As an artist you are always learning your craft. You have to observe the world around you how you can make possibly duplicated it on a two dimensional surface.  The natural world is providing me with endless breath-taking vistas. Painting, for me, is in way trying to encapsulate a memorable view, an object, and a strikingly exotic life form finding a suitable language to freeze, to capture it into a canvas so we can admire it over and over again. In this fast moving world where one is racing 1000 miles per hour. I find people are not really looking at art as a tool to focus in the moment. Painting makes us look twice at what is around us. It assists us to focus in the here and now.

There are many worlds represent in a piece of art. There is a scale of appreciation. It is hard to please everyone. Which world would the viewer is most likely to be attracted to be yet to be discovered. There is a necessity to evolve as an artist trying to reach more people emotionally.

Evelyne Herbin, Ephemeral Wood by the River, £245

I have a rough idea, a concept, and then creation kicks in and dictates the flows of the brushes. Creation is never a static moment. It evolves with the work. Before, I am taking my brushes, I feel apprehensive, it is the white canvas syndrome! Then, I am either feeling frustrated or very pleased by the results. It is a creative process, you cannot control fully this creative urge, surprises, good or bad, are part of this profession. I have to maintain a flexible mind in the pursuit of art.

It is a fine line between chaos and order when commencing a painting. You cannot do one without the other one. It is important to remember to maintain an orderly process between the two opposite sides. Art is no longer considered something as being purely aesthetic. It has been degraded to show the shockingness. I think in my work I am trying to elevate it into a pleasure moment, as it should be.

The aim of art is communication basically. Only art can change the way people view the world.

I have a rough idea, a concept, and then creation kicks in and dictates the flows of the brushes. Creation is never a static moment. It evolves with the work. Before, I am taking my brushes, I feel apprehensive, it is the white canvas syndrome! Then, I am either feeling frustrated or very pleased by the results. It is a creative process, you cannot control fully this creative urge, surprises, good or bad, are part of this profession. I have to maintain a flexible mind in the pursuit of art.

It is a fine line between chaos and order when commencing a painting. You cannot do one without the other one. It is important to remember to maintain an orderly process between the two opposite sides. Art is no longer considered something as being purely aesthetic. It has been degraded to show the shockingness. I think in my work I am trying to elevate it into a pleasure moment, as it should be.

The aim of art is communication basically. Only art can change the way people view the world.

Evelyne Herbin, Dame Pansy, £385

I like to dabble in many mediums. The artist in me can’t resist wanting to do new things all the time. When I am not producing a piece of work I am not happy, so the artists block is actually striking from no production. If I could change a thing I would have devoted more time into my artistic pursuits much earlier in my life. Art has been very much depreciated by people mocking it. People at large think that it is exclusive and belong only to the very rich and museum. But art is to enlighten and communicate some aesthetic to all.

I enjoy the most when it is starting to look very good in my mind’s eyes. Finishing a piece of work is a bit of an issue for most artists. I have to decide to finish and be happy about it. If I am still thinking about a painting, it means that is not fully finished. It is good to have a critical eye on my work. I don’t understand abstract art with block of colours for example. It doesn’t communicate anything to me. If it is shocking to see, for the sake of it, then it has to be considered as something else, shocking and disturbing, not art. Art is design to melt the reality making it magical.
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