Size: 18"W x 18"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
I shift between mediums depending on mood, usually I paint in oils on canvas, my go-to for large abstracts and expressive color and space. For quiet more contemplative work I switch to encaustics which I began working with 16 years ago. I love the smell, heat, fluidity, rich pigments and ancient history of the extremely durable wax medium.
This is my statement,
"Landscape dwells large in my consciousness. The landscape of time, space and color.
This space around us all weighs on me, as a comfort and a challenge. Color is my guide to finding my way around this space, anchoring and directing my thoughts, taking me home.
The images I’m drawn to may be a literal translation or an abstracted vision of terrain and memory. A color impression, a botanical image or a visiting traveler may occupy the surface I attempt to fill. It is still always about the space, the welcoming space."
Evy Olsen Halvorsen (aka Halvorsen Holstein) lives in the Pacific Northwest and was born in northern Norway. Evy and her parents immigrated in 1956 to the neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle WA. After graduation from Ballard High School Evy moved briefly to San Francisco before landing in Kitsap County with husband and daughters. After her daughters grew up she continued her education at Cornish College of the Arts, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude in 1999, in Painting and Printmaking. “Perhaps because of the landscape of my childhood I am drawn to creating a sense of space, color. Norway is a dramatic country especially the islands I come from which are above the Arctic circle. I love that open country, sharp mountains rising out of the sea, the quickly changing sky. Not unlike the home I have here, water, mountains and open skies.”