Coila Evans is an oil painter living in Roundup, Montana.
Evans is mostly self taught, and painted casually for many years. With a desire to learn to tell stories through portraiture and figurative work, she made a decision to focus her full attention to education. She first studied with Iliya Morochnik in 2015 at the Dacia Gallery 2 week intensive program in NYC, Johanna Harmon in 2016 at Scottsdale Artist School, and two times with revered modern master, Max Ginsburg, in 2018. In addition to the hands on education, Evans actively researches, and studies the materials brought back to the studio as she strives to achieve the highest archival quality for her work. She primarily paints on oil primed linen and copper.
Believing a from life practice is integral to the development of a personʼs skill, Evans also spends many hours out in the field working “en plein air”. This practice helps to keep her work loose in the studio, whilst exploring her Western environment and itsʼ history.
Coila Evans was a finalist with her first painting from the “Documenting Modern History: The Coal Mine Project”, in the 19th annual Portrait Society of Americaʼs Memberʼs Only Competition. Evans has shown in Dallas, Billings, and New York City. Her work is represented by Montana Gallery in Billings, 50 miles from her studio.