Profile of the Week: Eve Ellis-Carlson (posted February 26, 2013)

Welcome to Portfolio of the Week! We are delighted to present Eve Ellis-Carlson of Vancouver, WA.

Eve creates mysterious, dream-like artwork in a variety of media. To see more of Eve's artwork, please visit:

When you view her portfolio, be sure to click on the images to view them larger, so that you can admire the detail she puts into each piece.

Please join us for this insightful interview with Eve:

How would you describe your art?

This is always difficult for me to answer; because I like to try different styles during different periods, however if I was to describe what I attempt to embody, it is technical proficiency in illustration with an emphasis on a dream-like, surrealistic atmosphere and subject matter. That is to say, I love to make things look real that aren’t, or convey a feel of hidden magic. Whether directly or by an abstract means, I would like to think my work (now especially) is infused with an element of mystery. I love imagery that tells a story, but does not necessarily reveal all the answers. The viewer must determine this for themselves, and all stories are interpreted so differently relative to our own experiences.

How long have you been an artist and how did you become an artist?

I have been an artist since I was old enough to wield a crayon instead of eat it; as a child growing up in rural Alaska, I loved the outdoors, books, writing long letters to no one in particular, and drawings animals and such. Later in high school I was fortunate to have an instructor or two who were very encouraging, and let me find refuge in the art room to develop my skills as an illustrator, using airbrush, technical pens, learning to silkscreen, use alternative photography techniques, and eventually the emerging computer technology to explore different areas of art’s possibilities. Other than that, I am largely self taught, and love to experiment. Last but not least, I have my family to thank; I have a long line of creativity in my heritage, and my family has always backed my pursuit of art 100%. For this, I am eternally grateful.

What is your favorite medium and why?

This to me is the equivalent of picking a favorite child! :) I love them all, but the richness of oils and texture/color/smell of encaustic wax keeps me coming back time and time again. Oils have a luminosity, depth and permanence that seems to outshine some other mediums, however the toxic solvents and lack of space prevent me from utilizing this medium right now indoors. Encaustic is fabulous, and I have learned to make my own pigment waxes to cut costs. The colors, textures and layering you can do with this medium are endless. I also love that you can easily embed other items such as string hair, organic matte etc to provide even more texture, and when painting on a rigid substrate like a panel, the wax hardens to a point where no framing is required, and work still retains a light fast, high quality permanence.

What are some of the challenges in working in your preferred medium?

The challenges with encaustic painting are that the wax sets up FAST even if you heat your substrate, so any fine, “tight” details/an illustrative, drawing style like the one I am used to traditionally, have to be done quickly or with fine tools. I have recently acquired a batik fine line wax-dispensing hot tool that I am very excited to play with! Keeping things looser or planning your steps in the process help, but really if you make a mistake, you scrape it off, and give it a go again. There are no permanent failures.

Pick one work of art from your Art Colony portfolio and tell us the story behind it. Why does this piece have meaning to you? What steps did you take to create the piece?

The piece I have chosen to discuss is Memory Garden (shown right), a piece from 2012 that I feel best represents my style as an artist at the core, as well as the potential for textures and subtleties within the encaustic painting process. Even with a basic palette of earth tones, the textures possible with waxes make the work inviting as well as organic, while the subject matter is more ethereal and open to interpretation. 

Tell us about one medium, technique or style that you would like to try working with (that you have not tried before) and why you would like to try this.

Very large-scale mural work as well as large, sculpture/metal fabrication are two areas I would love to explore in the future; with more studio space and a bit of experience I see the potential for both of these areas to be so impressive, and something that can be shared by a community. I am involved with a local mural society here in my hometown, whose goal it is to do many professional pieces of public art by 2015, and am hoping to get in on this adventure at some point. Either way, I love the prospect of working BIG. The larger scale commands attention, and in any environment, I feel adds color and interest. I would rather see a painting than a brick wall, any day. Similarly, I feel a large sculpture in the middle of a public space can add social commentary, and create a dialogue where there was once nothing but a sidewalk.

How do you make time for art?

I honestly don’t know; because I have a young daughter and a busy work schedule; but I basically try to squeeze out art time anywhere I can. I love to try new things and watch demonstrations/techniques for art techniques online, and am currently working towards (albeit very slowly) a long departed chapter of a Fine Arts degree. I try to stay involved in my community arts projects/gallery scene, even if it is simply going to monthly “First Friday” expositions or approaching different vendor opportunities for my art in the area where I live. I have begun my official foray into the world of Gallery representation and am part of a local co-op gallery that has been wonderful to me as far as showing me the ropes, and getting my work seen in a professional urban or suburban setting. It is a slow process, but I love it, and have so much appreciation to all that have supported me and continue to do so in my quest for art. My family is supportive of my art, and inspires me to continue. My little girl is growing up with a creative environment, and I am proud of that as well.

If you could imagine the “perfect art day” for yourself, what would it be like?

The perfect art day for me would include a (very quick) tour of US and European galleries, a limitless shopping spree at an art supply store of my choosing, a completely renovated studio art space dedicated only to making things (I work out of my kitchen and garage) and simply savoring the time to sit down and make something.

If you could spend 24 hours with one artist, living or historical, who would you want to spend the day with and why? What would the two of you do?

As for the living, I am enthralled with Melbourne Australia artist Jeremy Geddes. The mix of incredible control and proficiency as a painter as well as interesting dreamlike action sequences in his work are captivating and absolutely dazzle me. His work can be found here:

As for the historical; what I wouldn’t do for a day to stroll with Leonardo DaVinci. I am impressed and captivated with his multi level functioning brain as an inventor and artist, and would love to even watch his basic sketching process. The details and precision of some of his inventions and art mechanisms are still unparalleled today. Cheers Leo!

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GREAT INTERVIEW!!"" I just love love love the girl with the hummingbird. I have 3 grandaughters so I SEE them in that particular piece of work. And of course I'm in love with the beautiful lady skull

Wonderful wonderful already know how much I love your artwork Eve. Congratulations on being profile of the week it was really well done. Awesome! :) What a talented artist you are. Cat :)

Congratulations EVE, Love your work. Always so interesting !!!

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments and suppport! It is truly a privelege and honor to be featured, I can't stop smiling!

Eve, Thank you for such a great interview! I just love the variety of your work.

It was such fun to look through your portfolio - especially when I clicked the "View Full Size" button to view your art larger, because there is so much detail to discover in your work. I encourage others to do this too, so you can get a close-up look at Eve's art!

Thank you Thaneeya! That is a great tool as it is hard sometimes to catch detail on images on the web; great job! I really love what I do, and I hope it shows.



Congratulations Eve! Love your work, the girl with the hummingbird. I look forward to their little visits every summer. The birds, not the girl (I see them almost everyday ha!)   ....and do I see a bit of Van Gogh in your work?????

super interview... it really shows your passion for your art... it is a great read!

just had a browse through your gallery too.. and loved it! so imaginative and evocative... way more imagination than i'll ever have lol!

thanks for sharing! :o)

Congratulations on being Profile of the week, Eve. I just loved your interview and your art is amazing especially the girl with the cute tiny hummingbird, it is so adorable. I love the variety of your work in this interview, it makes me so curious to your gallery, i'll go and visit, something i haven't done sofar. That is something i like about these wonderful interviews, see a part of someones work and passion, it is the best invitation to look at a gallery. It was nice to have a look over your shoulder, feel some of the passion and just be in awe with your work.

Thank you very much; there is something about hummingbirds that I love; to me they represent emerging from trial and suffering; a rebirth of the beautiful from adversity. I am lucky enough to see quite a few in my area here in WA, and it I feel blessed and childlike in excitement every time. This site has allowed me some needed dialogue with my talented peers, and I value the feedback just as much as my hummingbird encounters!

We are all on a journey, and i can't wait to see where mine leads me.


I enjoyed so much your intervew of profile of the week; you're very creative; and your vivid imagination reflects in your work very well. I love your work, particularly the fairy lady, and the hummingbird girl; Great work!!!

Thank you Catherine! I love hummingbirds and am lucky to get to see them fairly often where I live; I really enjoy getting the feedback from my peers on this site, there is so much talent out there and it is great to witness all the supportive, creative forces that surround us.
Catherine Velardo said:

I enjoyed so much your intervew of profile of the week; you're very creative; and your vivid imagination reflects in your work very well. I love your work, particularly the fairy lady, and the hummingbird girl; Great work!!!

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