Evan Church

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Studio 18


Evan Church was born in San Francisco in 1971.  At age three his family moved to a mission station in Rhodesia, Southern Africa, where they lived for two years before returning to California.  The Church’s went back to Africa in 1981 at the end of Zimbabwe’s war for independence.  Evan spent his high school years at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya and then studied art in Michigan at Spring Arbor University.  After graduating in 1994, he left the United States to run an orphanage for children displaced by conflict in Rwanda.  In subsequent years, other relief and development projects have taken him to Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Malawi, along with personal travels through much of Eastern, Southern, and Central Africa. 

Evan’s focus is on painting the peoples of Africa in their natural living and working environment.  He is currently working on a series of watercolors and oils inspired by three months of travel and experiences along East Africa’s Swahili Coast.  He recently moved to Missouri and divides his time between artwork and development projects.