Artist

Eva Crawford

Artist bio

I am originally from and currently live in Charlotte, NC. I earned my BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in painting and printmaking. I have worked as a furniture designer, freelance artist and Director of Visual Arts at Charlotte Christian School. Since stepping out as a full time artist last year I am an ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2018 winner, a 2 time Honorable Mention winner in the Oakton Foundation Visual Arts Competition, and have received a Creative Mornings HUG Grant for my "S E E N" Series. All styles of art media inspire me, with my strengths being drawing, painting and collage. I have been a freelance artist for over thirty years with portraiture showcasing my ability to capture personalities through realism and expressionism. Practicing what I preached to my high school students, I am developing my own voice and creating art with a purpose. “Eye on the Sparrow” on www.evacrawfordart.com is my 2018 winning piece for www.ArtPopStreetGallery.com. This painting came into being as we experienced difficulty with one of our adult children and has led to The “Eye on the Sparrow” bird series, which deals with confronting the unknown of each day. I can choose to lose myself in worry or I can choose to rest in knowing that I can't control everything. I know in my uncertain circumstances that there is One who sees my struggles and loves me in the midst of them. The application and results of the unpredictable running paint in this series are like opening a present on Christmas day. Blending that thrill with my love for realism, as seen in the birds, is the focus of this series. Continuing in the theme of God’s eyes on us, “S E E N” is my current series of paintings that showcase the vulnerable or overlooked souls due to mental illness, disability or skin color. There are many issues that cause someone to feel less than, and my desire is to spotlight the beauty and value of these precious ones. I hope this series is a catalyst for conversations and awareness of the isolation and loneliness caused by mental illness, physical disabilities and ethnicity. In the creating & marketing of my art, it is my desire that God be glorified & honored. - Colossians 3:17

Title

Transient & Eternal

Artist Statement

"Transient & Eternal" is part of my S E E N series which showcases vulnerable or overlooked souls due to mental illness, disability or skin color. There are many issues that cause someone to feel less than, and my desire is to spotlight the beauty and value of these precious ones. I hope this series is a catalyst for conversations and awareness of the isolation and loneliness caused by mental illness, physical disabilities and ethnicity.

This collage and acrylic painting is of my son on the Oregon shore. I layered text and images on the wood substrate first as a prayer for him as he battles depression. The gold leaf wings reflect the ever-present Holy Spirit.

"...As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:18‬

How it fits into contest

The theme of putting on the whole armor of God is one of invisible protection against spiritual attack such as the arrows of mental illness and cruelty. As an artist, I desire to make visible God's truths to offer hope and encouragement to those suffering, and to educate those who are blind to reality.
This painting shows my son on a hill armed with a backpack of "armor", and the wings are my prayers for the covering of the Holy Spirit - "praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication."

Credits

Eva Crawford

How to Purchase this Artwork

Type of work: a mass produced copy
Purchase price: $50

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