Boren Celebrates 40 Years of Artistry
artist, Evelyne Boren will be presenting
her latest collection at a cocktail inauguration
this season in her Puerto Vallarta. Sharing
her talents whether through her work or
by teaching has always been important
to Boren. What follows is a question and
answer with Evelyn about the passions
of her work and her methods of teaching.
Q. "What makes a good painting?"
A. "Good design and good light
pattern, which is one of the things I
teach in Sayulita. I have a new area,
I built a palapa, to teach just footsteps
from the beach below my house. It is called
Q. "What specifically do you teach?"
A. "Color therapy and some design."
Q. "Could you explain color therapy?"
A. "I show how you make a panting
bright; there is a way to choose colors
in order to make a painting glow. You
cannot just randomly pick colors and hope
for the best, there are certain choices
you have to make. These are the types
of things I like to teach."
Q. "This 'glow' you create is obvious
in your work, especially your new painting
'Une Route de Provence en ete.' (The Road
to Provence in Summer.)"
A. "Yes, thank you that is what
I wanted to portray. I wanted the viewer
to be invited in to see the center of
interest. It is up to the artist to do
that, to invite you through the painting
and take you where they (the artist) want
you to go. If that is not thought through
you end up with two centers of interest,
which is confusing. It is important that
an artist decide what he wants the viewer
to look at. Your eye actually takes a
path through a painting. You also have
to decide if the painting is warm or cool
and use colors to enhance each other,
greens make red pop, purple makes yellow
pop. You can do that with any color. The
theory behind this is a fun thing to teach."
Q. "I understand you also paint
as well as teach in France."
A. "Yes, In the Northern part of
Provence there is an area called Drom
Provencal, that is where most of France's
lavender is grown and where I rent an
18th century farmhouse each year to teach.
I also provide a gourmet chef from Belgium
to cook dinners for the students. Everyday
we take busses to different locals to
paint and eat. In France we say that we
eat for seven hours, paint for five and
sleep the rest of the time. Many of the
paintings in my new show are inspired
by my annual trips to this region."
Q. " Besides Galeria des Artistes
in Puerto Vallarta, where else can your
work be found?"
A. "The Cline Gallery in Santa
Fe, New Mexico and the Texas Gallery in
Dallas, Texas. Interestingly, my paintings
were in auctions the past two years at
the Texas Gallery and since they were
auctioned for more than the value, they
offered me a show."
Q. "How does an artist price a
A. "When I first starting to sell
my work over 40 years ago, I sold at garage
sales for $10.00 or $15.00, whatever I
could get. The main thing is to sell and
to get them into peoples homes and hanging.
It is very important for an artist to
create and let go, create and let go,
because there is more creativity where
that came from. If you hold on to it,
it will stifle you. The idea is not to
fall in love with your work but to share
it. Many artists believe they can never
reproduce a wonderful painting again that
it was a fluke, so they hold onto it.
But actually you become more inspired
by letting go and having faith that the
next one with be better and you will get
an even better price. Basically for me,
I raise my prices ten percent every year,
if my paintings from the previous year
sell. If the economy isn't good or I don't
sell well, I float and keep them the same
price, like this year. It is better that
way in the long run."
Q. "How many years have you been
showing in Puerto Vallarta?"
A. "Since 1974 or 75, Manuel Lepe
and I were basically the first artists
here. Manual and Laura had a gallery and
that was where I had my first show, then
I showed for Jan Lavender at Gallery Uno.
This will be my fourth year showing at
Galerie des Artistes."
Q. "How many new paintings will
be in the new show and from what are their
A. "Twenty-two, they are of my
travels in France, Spain and of course
of my second home, Mexico. The show includes
watercolors, oils and giclee's, (a process
that creates prints of canvas). There
are small paintings to large format pieces,
something for every budget."
Q. "Can you share some details
about your new paintings?"
A. "A lot of people like window
scenes, so there will be a couple of those
including 'Bouquet en la Fenetre' (Bouquet
in the Window). It is a new painting of
my own bedroom in France. 'Petit De jeuner
Coix du Gres' is the name of the farmhouse
where I stay in France as well as the
name of a painting I did of my breakfast
area there. There is also oil called 'Champs
de Lavenders en ete'(Fields of Lavender
in Summer). Mexican markets are one of
my favorite themes. I never have a show
without at least one market scene. And
of course many other scenes from around
Mexico will be included in the show."
While studying photographs of her paintings
for this interview Boren chuckles and
continues: "About 16 years ago I started
painting oils. It looked like two different
people were paining. One did the watercolors
and one did the oil. It was my goal to
be able to make each type look as if the
same person painted them after many years
I can now look at photos such as these
of my work and I have to think did I do
this in oil or watercolor? Each has helped
me with the other. My oils are loose because
of the watercolors and my watercolors
are strong because of oils."
Q. "Your work is wonderful, where
will you be showing after Galerie des
A. "Thank you. Next I will be in
a new gallery for me in North Carolina,
the John Silva Gallery and my next big
show will be in September at the Cline
Gallery in Santa Fe."
Q. "What do you like best about
being an artist?"
A. "I have always enjoyed sharing
my art both by painting and more recently
by teaching. I feel it, teaching, is a
way that I can give back a share of the
40 years of my life as a painter." Evelyne
Boren exhibits at Galerie des Artists;
Leona Vicario 248 Centro Tel: (322) 223
0006. She can be reached my email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by phone at (329) 291 3095 or at her Open
Studio Tours in Sayulita every Wednesday
from 2 to 5 pm November through April.
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