Exploring the depths of oil on canvas to develop a myriad of genres it is Eugenia's intent to create inclusive and uplifting art.
Having retired from a career as an International Event Rider (Equestrian) with Olympic aspirations my undertaking to build a life as a professional artist has provided a thrilling ride in its own right. Since the age of fifteen I have been a practicing professional oil on canvas artist.
Born into a Scottish family of creatives; my father a life-long artist, my mother a PhD graduate of the fine arts and both published authors; together with my elder brothers, one a musician and the other a painter too; it was a logical path to follow.
Today, I call both Scotland and South Africa home, frequently travelling between the two.
My heart is bound to what I create because it is born from having endured seemingly insurmountable challenges to arrive at this point, suffering M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) at age 16 to 20 and moving 7000miles away to South Africa to find healing. Art has played a pivotal role in my recovery. It is my hope that my art will do the same for others in any way great or small.
Each painting that leaves my studio door carries within it my life's story and creative philosophy - "Be kind to everyone you meet for they may be fighting a battle you know nothing about; so add light, live beautifully and where possible do so with a glass of good bubbly!"
"ABSTRACT: Lifting the spirit and penetrating the soul...
What moves Eugenia most in creating her abstract pieces are the combined elements of: the freedom to create; the license to explore colour; the incorporating of light and the challenge of delivering a complex yet cohesive piece.
BALLET: The human spirit in motion
To trade brute force for controlled strength. Using the body to weave near impossible lines through space and time. Defying both the perceived limits of human physiology and the law of gravity itself. Expressing an entire life’s tale without uttering a word and at a moment; epitomising the purpose of being. The ballet exists in itself to be first performed, secondly to be viewed.
"Capturing the best of what is lost." This has been Eugenia's underpinning creative brief when endeavouring to represent the ballet on canvas. Bringing to life through oils the transcendent quality of powerful choreography and adept skill that appears too often simple at first glance.
In this life, beauty should be celebrated in all its forms and at every occurrence.
HUMAN PORTRAITURE: The essence of a person
"Life is hard. No matter what happens, do not allow life to make you hard, not toward yourself or other people." These words were spoken to a much younger Eugenia. They have gone a long way in shaping her outlook on life; informed her journey into portraiture and thus, how she sees those around her.
Within Eugenia’s purview it is insufficient to just reproduce the facial likeness of an individual. Her a portraits must be striking, bringing the image of the person’s face and thus them to life on canvas capturing the essence of the person.
It is ultimately her aim to portray the truth of a life worn on the face; told through the eyes and remembered in a work of art. "
Eugenia's works appear in private collections around the world