Mrs Evans' portrait is drawn by Imogen (Year 5) in the style of Maren Devine. (You can find out more about the artist at the bottom of this page.)
Mrs Evans works in the office at school. We asked her some questions to find out more about her:
Growing up her mom was always doing something artistic; she would sew and stencil and keep the children occupied with materials to draw and cut and make handmade little paper dolls with clothes. There was always something to make and Maren loved it.
Devine was most inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, and John Singer Sargent. It was not just the art, but their stories that inspired her.
Usually, she just has a blank canvas or paper and starts with an idea. She used to use a lot of photos, but now she just starts drawing or painting and sees what happens. Most days she's working on several pieces at once. There is always music playing in the studio because that inspires her as much as anything! Maren's color palettes vary between calming pastels and bold hues.
The Warrior Girls came about as a result of having a couple of very sad years in her life due to loss. She had no desire to paint and just prayed a lot for guidance and inspiration. She was literally painting through the tears and then they kind of took a life of their own. The Warrior Girls represent strength and resilience. There is a verse in Proverbs that says, “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” That really resonates with these paintings.