Monday, August 9, 2010

The Questionnaire: Hylla Evans

The Questionnaire is meant to be a lighter version of a bio, a little more revealing in some respects and personal without all the facts bogging it down. I supply the questions and the respondents supply the answers. Either one or both of us supply the images.

                 H y l l a  E v a n s               

What is your favorite color?

Light violet-blue gray 

Hylla's sample of her favorite color

What is your favorite word?


What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Daydreaming, planning, down time with friends

What turns you off?

Meanness, rudeness, inappropriate use of apostrophes

What profession other than artist would you most like to be?

Teacher/facilitator and paintmaker 

What is your favorite book or movie?

At this moment, Munich (movie), Melting the Darkness by Warren Poland (book) 

Who is your favorite musician, musical group or style of music?


What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and humor 

Hylla with Eloise at 8 weeks

Name three artists whose work has influenced your own or whose work you most relate to.

Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Alice Neel, Paul McCartney 

Vincent van Gogh, La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle), 1889, oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 29 inches

Rembrandt van Rijn, "Herman Doomer," 1640

Paul McCartney, "The Queen Getting a Joke," 1991

Alice Neel, "Nancy and Olivia," 1967

Name an artist whose work you admire but which may be unlike yours.

Joanne Mattera 

Joanne Mattera, "Vicolo 7," 2004, 12 x 12 inches

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Family and friends together on the farm laughing


Deb Lacativa said...

These interviews are marvelous. I love "cut to the chase" and that last photo makes me want to smell and taste it!

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

I am really enjoying this format! I appreciated Alice Neal listed as an inspiration. She was such an original as was her work.

Observe Closely said...

Hylla is delightful to work with and her Evans materials are superb quality. Bravo to her! I am a loyal customer! Jan

Nancy Natale said...

Thanks Deb, Terry and Jan for your comments. Hylla is great and her paints are really fabulous. Her colors are unbeatable as is her understanding of pigments, color mixing and so much more!

Jhina Alvarado said...

I LOVE Hylla and her paints! <3

I'm really enjoying these interviews Nancy!

Hylla Evans said...

This was a good opportunity to simplify answers. It ties in nicely with Joanne's Marketing Mondays post on interviews and here it's okay to be camera shy.
Eloise, the chicken with the heart shaped face is available for anyone else to use as a prop.
Really, thank you, Nancy, for giving me the opportunity to answer questions one on one on one on one, as only the safety of an email interview can do.
The flawless Herman Doomer portrait by Rembrandt is on display always at the Metropolitan in NYC.
There was an Alice Neel late full-body nude self-portrait on display at the Yale Gallery maybe 10 years ago. Large and incredibly powerful, her honesty was humbling. It's not in any books or online. There is much to learn from Paul McCartney's freedom and confidence to make bold work and not second guess himself. Don't we all need that reminder sometimes?

Pamela Farrell said...

love this...