Born in Laredo, Texas, Neva grew up not far from there in the small ranching town of Hebbronville. She spent her early years reading books, riding horses and climbing trees. By her late teens, she was painting and selling in oils, and progressed from there to pen and ink. She has studied pastel painting with Lorenzo Chavez and Mike Beeman, and in 2014 she joined Albert Handell’s mentorship program in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Neva’s work is featured in juried exhibitions on National and International levels, including the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition where she received an Honorable Mention Award.
Neva’s work has also been featured in the Pastel Society of America’s 2014 Annual Juried Exhibit “Enduring Brilliance” at the National Arts Club in New York, NY and in the prestigious IAPS 2016 Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY. Neva was invited to participate in the First Annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition, organized and offered by Art Residence Pro Vobis—Assisi, where her paintings were featured in the Sala della Volte in Piazza del Comune, Assisi, Italy and are a part of the permanent collection of the Art Residence Pro Vobis – Assisi. An award-winning artist in both watercolor and pastel, Neva currently resides in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas.
While there is a certain amount of intuitive flow in my paintings, I often use my own photographs for inspiration and reference. I love to travel and I love to paint and draw what I find in my travels – everything from the landscape in front of me to the architecture of an old, crumbling building, to small vignettes of diners at an outdoor cafe.
Interiors are also a favorite of mine, as they seem to carry with them the stories of all who have passed through. I feel very fortunate to be able to devote what time I can to being creative and pursuing my career as an artist