Neverne Covington’s drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture explore childhood, language, landscape, memory, and the Gothic south. Her work has been exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Brevard Museum of Art, the State Capital and various venues throughout Florida and at the Museum of the South in Alabama. She recently completed a twenty foot mural commissioned fro the new All Children’s Hopital, in St. Peteresburg, FL. She is the recipient of three artist enhancement grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and an artist resource grant from the Pinellas County Arts Council.
Covington was born in Laurelton, New York, grew up in Florida, and attended City & Guilds College in London, England. During this time she also lived in the William Morris House in London, England. She graduated from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
She has illustrated books for: Random House Publishing, Penguin Putnam Publishing, The Harvard Commons Press and Zondervan Publishing. Her paintings have appeared on book covers published by Simon & Schuster, Avon books, Houghton Mifflin and many other publishers. She has art in both public and private collections.
She has been an adjunct faculty at Ringling College of Art & Design, Eckerd College and the International Academy of Merchandising and Design.
She has maintained her downtown studio in Saint Petersburg, FL, for over twenty five years.
Nature brims with mystery and intrigue. It is lush, dense and complete. The primal, tangible, and intangible forces that form matter, from which our being, our very nature, emerges… it is this which interests me most. I am fascinated with what was here before, what lives and breathes now, with humankind’s relationship to matter….. The being of nature. This fills me with awe and wonder.
What defines the line between human and animal or plant and animal, between knowledge and acknowledgement? What kind of relationship do we have with the plant and animal kingdom; with the world we inhabit which in so many ways defines how we live ? How do we establish harmony or dominance in the world and where do those boundaries lie?
In nature, the secrets of life and death in plants and animals parade for us in the place of the known, unknown and the unknowable. With unflinching honesty, nature holds a mirror for us to see how we relate to the world around us.
Drawing makes me pay attention. It entices me into the mystery of nature and the landscape of memory. It is a way of bringing order to the world I know and to the preconscious world of which I know so little. This feeds my heart and soul and nourishes my art.
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