I have come from a long line of remarkable women, beginning with my great-grandmother Eva Pluta, who fled from Poland to America at the age of sixteen. Eva gave birth to my grandmother Sophie. Then came my mother, then my sister and me. I in turn have been blessed with two young children, one of whom is a girl. Her name is Eva Rae; Eva to honor my great-grandmother and Rae in honor of my sister Julie Rae. By giving her this name I hoped to instill in her the strength of the women she has come from.
I have worked these past few years in gathering photographs and beginning small studies in graphite. These drawings represent the beginning of The Eva Project. As the project progresses, the drawings will be translated into mezzotints with accompanying stories, and the voices of these women will live on.