Who are you?
David (Dave) Evans
What type of artist are you?
I paint mainly marine orientated pictures, usually to commission. Other subjects though include Landscape, Aircraft, Flowers and Railway Engines. Occasionally I do Lino Cut Printing, and still make scale model ships, though I display these for my own pleasure.
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?
Since a very young age I have always drawn, painted or made models.
After leaving the Merchant Navy, I went to Art College and studied Graphic Design. This was nearly all executed by hand, rather than today when most is done on a computer. I worked in a number of studios and also freelanced from my own over about 15 – 20 years. Taking on commissions from Wimbledon Tennis (I designed the Wimbledon Logo), Lonsdale Boxing, Jaguar Racing and many others.
On retiring, I continue to enjoy painting and exhibiting my work.
Can you describe your creative process?
Research is the key to most of the commissions I undertake, as most people want a good representation of the subject asked for. Then a “rough” for their approval, and then of course the painting takes place.
I rarely make sketches on sight, but use my phone camera as a reminder of what I want to produce and then work it up in the studio.
What or who inspires you?
Anything to do with the sea, and other marine artists’ work, or for that matter any artist that has an interesting technique.
What do you enjoy most about the process?
Meeting the people, and then the challenge of creating something for them to enjoy, and go on enjoying for many years afterwards.
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
My drawing board and painting area is situated in a room upstairs in the house, in a window to get good light. It is surrounded by reference books, so all is to hand should I need it.
What keeps you going whilst you work?
Listening to music, mainly traditional jazz, shanties and country and western.
Coffee and biscuits supplied by my wife Annette.
What can we expect to see from you on this year’s arts trail?
More of my chart paintings, acrylic and guache, depicting my favourite subject……marine pieces. There might be some flowers!
Where are you exhibiting?
Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club on the second weekend, 10am till 5pm.
Why did you want to take part in the trail?
To exhibit my paintings, and meet and discuss what I produce with fellow artists and the general public.
What are your artistic ambitions?
Just to enjoy creating unique pieces and enjoy the experience of exhibiting.
Any other fun facts?!
I organise the artists from the sailing club and we are known as “The Artists on the Quay”, come and see us!