“and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true”
is packed and shipped to the visual arts center of new jersey for their big bourbon bash, fundraising for the arts, event friday, october 26th!! go if you can, it’s a fun event, raising money for the arts, and i’m proud to have received an invitation to submit!
about this piece:
i love to paint ballerinas and the flow of the fabrics that are an elegant extension of the dancer’s graceful movement. this piece is of ingrid silva who i met when she performed with the dance theatre of harlem in billings, mt. she is gracious and kind, with a most inspiring life story. with her permission i painted this moment of her twirling in a gown for a special event.
oil on copper • 10”x8” • in a beautiful masterworks frame
fun fact about the title of this piece: it is a lyric from “somewhere over the rainbow”. that song almost didn’t make into the movie. the question posed by a musician friend @scottainslieus is (paraphrasing of course): what would that movie be without that song? where would we be without that song?
So happy to be showing the first two prima on the prairie pieces, inspired by one of my favourite ballerinas @natalia_bashkatova, at the montana gallery for friday night’s art walk in downtown billings. .
you might wonder why i would put a ballerina in the middle of the prairie. i love our montana prairies. i love the wild vastness, and the infinite horizon. it makes me happy to see nothing and everything in the prairie all at the same time. there is freedom in this. i find there is freedom and discipline in the prairie. you cannot wander about carelessly. you must be prepared. there is discipline and freedom in the ballerina’s dance. she must prepare to be where she is.
For the past year or two i have been following the amazing photography account of @thealchemistress . i fell in love with her work due to the authentic process of the high quality, historic ambrotypes she makes, the passion she has for her equipment and her craft, in addition to the keen way she tells a story through her lense. i am fascinated with this type of work as i have long since been inspired by edward s. curtis. without his commitment for telling a story and dedication for documenting history, our country would have lost so much knowledge about the indigenous peoples who were here before us. the passion he had for his work i see in her, and i am thrilled to have a piece created by the lovely lindsey ross. .
last month while in jackson, mt showing @blockhorsedesigns work at the @wdc_jh i learned lindsey would also be there...what great fortune as she is based out of ca! troy and i rarely have studio or professional portraits made of us together. this ambrotype on glass marks our 13th year together. .
if you look closely you can see the transparency, the opaqueness, the uniqueness, the beauty and a few of the flaws. much like relationships can be. beautifully imperfect. thank you for choosing me troy evans. i love you. 💕 .
thank you lindsey ross for making this piece. i love it! i very much enjoyed meeting you, seeing your process, and learning your story. i look forward to continuing to follow your work. cheers to you and all of your creative endeavors! ❤️
to all of my friends living in nyc she is there @filson1897 this week. get on her schedule!!! you won’t be disappointed.
👉 @thealchemistress 👈
Happy world ballet day to the beautiful @natalia_bashkatova! thank you for being my muse. you have provided endless inspiration for me, and i couldn’t be more grateful. i’ll never forget watching you perform in cirque’s la nouba from the special seats you gifted to me and my mother. watching you was like magic ✨. so beautiful.
you are a true artist, and i am so happy to have had the chance to know you. ❤️ 🎁 .
“grand prismatic ballet ii”
8”x8” • oil on linen • “grand prismatic ballet” 16”x16” • oil on copper •
showing at the montana gallery @montanagallery .