By Carol Nummelly

Nathaniel Evans grew up in the southern heartlands of America. Living in the countryside, Evans, now a BFA student, learned to respect the power of nature. He began drawing at an early age and eventually made his way to study painting at the Academy. I caught up with Evans recently for an interview.

"Charlotte" by Nathaniel Evans

In this series, Fine Art instructor Carol Nunnelly features a student each month or each semester to showcase the school’s many talented artists.

Do you enjoy the intellectual process or the brushwork more in painting?

I get more excited about the image and idea. The brush is the colder, more technical side of painting. I’m hoping my classes in abstract and landscape art will help me find a way to integrate the brushwork into the intellectual process.

What role do your models play in your painting?

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"Claritas" by Nathaniel Evans

How have your personal experiences shaped your painting philosophy?

I grew up in rural America and was home schooled. Being exposed to nature’s truth at an early age caused me to understand that wild animals, death and disease go hand in hand with beauty in nature. I like this juxtaposition.

When the painting comes alive in your hands. Before this, it feels so out of control. But chaos is part of the painting process, and having the confidence to embrace this chaos and letting go creates a genuine painting.

"Watercolor Sky" by Nathaniel Evans

Nunnelly: What do you like about the School of Fine Art?

Evans: I enjoy the broad range of styles in painting and teaching. You can easily find teachers that paint in the style that you want to pursue, and others who will rock the boat a little bit for you. Experiencing both creates a more organic learning experience.

Do you have any advice for fellow students?

Don’t avoid the basics. Learn to go slow and develop your skill level before you jump into style. Have discipline and focus on goals.


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