Digital Photo Paintings
Evelyn studied both fine art and photography in the 1960's and 1970's. Entering the world of digital manipulation in 1994, she found the perfect way to combine her interests in film and painting. Working from original 35mm negatives or slides, she used the tools of several photography programs to manipulate and paint with the elements of the picture.
Manipulating the pixels on the computer became the technical equivalent of painting with oils. For instance, increasing saturation not only changed the hue and made the color stronger, but also transformed the pixels to create a more painterly look. Excessive sharpening actually created the opposite effect by separating the pixels to achieve a pointillistic effect like that of Seurat. And using the paintbrush to color over blemishes flattened a particular color area in a manner similar to Gauguin, or even Manet. Thus the special qualities inherent in pixels were used to full advantage to create her Digital Photopaintings.
As a young art student in the late 1960's, Evelyn studied and painted in all the historic styles. Although she stopped painting for about 40 years, she continued her own intensive study of painting and drawing through museums and art books, always knowing she would return to this work. In the meanwhile she also wrote and published science fiction, became a psychoanalyst, and worked in digital photography.
She took up pencils and brush again in this 21st Century. Charcoal drawings were transferred to the computer to produce digitally manipulated drawings. Recently she began painting in acrylics. Her years of studying color, composition, shapes and forms immediately transformed to her painting techniques. The subjects that most interest her at this time are portraits, figure studies and landscapes.