About artist

Evelina V. Dillon was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She grew up in a family of musicians and artists. Her grandfather, Sergey Uvarov was a professional artist who passed away when her mom was only 10 years old. One of his paintings was right above the piano at home, so Evelina would look at it every day while practicing piano.

Sergey Uvarov "Lilac"

Sergey Uvarov "Lilac"

Other family members had more of his paintings. Her mom and grandmother told stories about his life and his work.

Her parents wanted her to study music, so Evelina started taking piano lessons at 5 years of age, graduated from local music college with major in classical piano in 1993 and worked as a music teacher for 2 years. However, she wanted to have more contact with adults and not as a teacher, but as a friend. She believed being a hairdresser would provide such environment. Evelina moved to the USA in November 1996. She graduated from Ohio State University Cosmetology School and was Hired by Charles Penzone, the best salon in Columbus, Ohio. Evelina felt she found something she loved to do. This career provided an opportunity to meet interesting people she would never meet otherwise: doctors, housewives, lawyers, journalists, students, designers, artists, teachers, engineers... Everyone had a story, and she loved to be a part of their lives. In 2006, an opportunity presented to move to Charleston,WV. Within the first 2 months there, Evelina bought a small beauty salon in the middle of down town in Charleston. She felt like home almost immediately. She learned how to live in the hills covered with untouched forest filled with animals, snakes, birds and insects, many of which she never knew about before. It seemed like she had everything, but at the same time, she felt she needed something more. Then there was 2014, when through a deep personal trauma. It was a dark year. To keep herself together and to get a fresh start, she decided to sell everything, close the salon and move to Memphis, TN. Evelina found a job at Gould's salon, doing what she has done for so long, but she also wanted to try something new, not associated with her previous life, something she never had a chance to do before, something she always wanted to do since she was a little girl: drawing. She asked advice from one of her clients Andrea Blevins, a professional artist, who recommended to start with zentangles. Evelina started to draw and then paint. She took classes at Flicker Street Studio from Sunny Montgomery. Today, she paints every day, and every day is a miracle. It helped her to heal from her trauma, but also to find a personal fulfillment. She discovered a new world she can be part of. She feels she continues the legacy of the grandfather she only knows from his paintings, but he is still a part of her.

 

Sergey Uvarov

Sergey Uvarov

Sergey Uvarov "Harvest"

Sergey Uvarov "Harvest"

Mission statement.

There is a map of life. That map is reality. Even when we have different perception of that reality, we still have common knowledge of what it is. I love life and my mission to express beauty of it existence in realistic way with my perception.

 ”The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can”-Neil Gaiman.