Evie Baskin discovered her artistic mojo at an early age as she drew pictures for her sister to color and this innate talent to draw things as she saw them soon became a lifelong passion.
Drawn to life-drawing during her freshman year in college, her pastel images are vibrant and evoke an almost photographic sensibility, a clarity she describes as an insight into the nuances of expression she detects in each individual she paints.
“I realized it was so exciting to capture what I saw in a living human being,” she says.
Over the years Baskin has balanced her working career as a business manager—her last one was in DC as immigration employment and labor firm manager— with being an artist, and has found Chestertown, her partnership with the Artist’s Gallery, work with RiverArts, and membership in the Working Artists Forum in Easton to be the perfect constellation for her artistic endeavors.
The Chestertown resident and partner at the Artists’ Gallery on High Street is displaying her work this month. A collection of ten recently commissioned portraits titled “Paths to Life” will be showing through September.
Here, Evie talks with the Spy about life-drawing and discovering the Eastern Shore’s rich communities of artists. Her portrait series, “Paths to Life, continues through the end of September at the Artists’ Gallery.
For more info about Evie and the Artists’ Gallery, go here.