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Meet Eva Mays, Artist in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Mays.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eva. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Fortunately, I always went to schools with great art programs and curriculum which fostered creativity, so I have been creative since a young age. Throughout my journey graduating from college and bouncing around a bit before I landed in LA, art making has always been with me. I lived in Brooklyn for a year in a great loft space in Williamsburg when I first began creating large multi-media pieces. I would walk through the city and find a piece of wood and use it as canvas, or broken glass, or other items and incorporate them into my pieces. As I traveled and grew, my pieces started to change depending on what was available to me. I moved to Los Angeles to complete a Master of Social Work program at UCLA. During this time period, I began to use art as a meditative practice and played with creating my own style to bring texture and unique color combinations together. This creative process reflects my current work.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
At first, art-making was only for my walls so it was a very personal thing to me. Now, that I have expanded my view of what art making can be, I would not say it has been a struggle but that it is an ever-evolving journey which is always unpredictable.

Eva Mays Artist – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As an artist and licensed clinical social worker, I emphasize the process through which my works are created, as much as the content and energy that is also created. Though artistic and meditative play, I have developed a technique to create multimedia paintings with deep texture, rich color, and brilliant shine. My personal artistic philosophy is that abstract art making comes from a place of inner passion, sensation, or emotion, that then manifests itself in a physical form. My creative inspiration comes from a feeling which allows me to visualize an image, and then I let the creative process take over until I have come to a place where the piece feels finished. Using multiple creative materials, I make pieces with texture and dimension, that reflect light and draw in the viewer with beauty and unique color combinations.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of my highlights in 2017 was being able to showcase my work alongside many talented artists at the Beverly Hills Art Show.

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