Live Painting at a Living Prism event call Origin held at the famous Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

Live Painting at a Living Prism event call Origin held at the famous Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

Artist Statement:

My paintings represent magical and mystical experiences in the Ancient Future (where past, present & future overlap).  The theme is often centered around unconditional love.  They inspire aspects of ourselves as powerful beings. They enforce the belief that we are all One, weaving together the Soul Threads of all Life. My dreams have been extremely vivid and felt so real from a very young age, and these paintings unveil those hidden worlds & dimensions. The magic is in capturing those fleeting moments when I see the Spirit of the painting emerge.

I almost always start with an acrylic underpainting on canvas or board, until I have the basic information there. Then I switch to oils, and utilize egg tempera and/or casein to build the Light.  I love using the Mischtechnik! Generally, I study an image for a long time to use as reference. 

 "Bali is full of magic, you can literally feel it in the air. It was amazing to feel the ancient healing waters cleanse my body and soul." -Gary Michael Evans                       Photo by Marnie Recker Photography

"Bali is full of magic, you can literally feel it in the air. It was amazing to feel the ancient healing waters cleanse my body and soul." -Gary Michael Evans                      Photo by Marnie Recker Photography

Bio

Gary was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 19, 1981. He was influenced heavily by Asian art, sculpture and design, as his talented Korean grandparents collected antiques and traveled the world. His grandmother had skill as a painter. In his youth, Gary aligned with the alternative crowd, as he was very different, one of only a few white boys in his school of 99% Polynesian, Asian and Hawaiian.  He drew in his sketch book and dreamed up worlds at every chance. 

 Gary pursued an education in painting at University of Oregon but pressure to earn stable money led him to instead receive a degree in Automotive Technology from LCC in Eugene, then an Architecture degree at Portland State University with a focus on Ancient History and Art.

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His insatiable desire to learn has taken him across the world, he has studied many traditional styles of art: including Mexican wood block print, Thangka, Mischteknik oil, Acrylic, mixed media, tattoos. 

He has and is currently studying Visionary Art from modern masters including Autumn Skye Morrison, Adam Scott Miller, Amanda Sage, Daniel Mirante, Aloria Weaver and David Heskin, in mystic places such as Nepal. Thailand, Bali, Italy and Mexico. 

Gary live paints at events such as Cascadia Festival, WhatTheFestival & Living Prism events. He has built climbable wooden sculptures and even a welded together, brightly lit art bike project people refer to as, "The Love Bikes" which is in a book called
"Art on Fire". He is a multi-faceted designer, painter, builder and visionary.

 Detail from Gary Michael Evans' painting, "Nubian Goddess", 2018, acrylic, oil, casein on board

Detail from Gary Michael Evans' painting, "Nubian Goddess", 2018, acrylic, oil, casein on board