“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Rumi

Bio: Coila Evans

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 person’s 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 its’ 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 America’s Member’s 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.


Artist Statement:

Light and shadow, coupled with a monochrome palette, and painting on copper are my current fascinations. These three things, combined, are moving me toward a more focused concentration while forming three separate bodies of work.

With a passion to tell people's stories, I love to work from life, but often paint from thumbnail images on my iphone. When you view my work I want you to see the humanistic spirit, and read the untold story of my subject through interesting compositions, expressive texture and brush strokes as they articulate my subject's story through the visual marks left on the canvas.

My goal as an oil painter is to transcend region, geography, and culture, creating art work that continues to feel fresh with emotion even after it has been hanging for decades.



  Coila Evans           119 Main St.           Roundup, MT. USA           59072           406-697-2758           coila@coilaevans.com