Eloiza Mills was born in London where she has lived and worked for the majority of
In 2005 she began three years of study at Aberystwyth University where
she was granted a merit award in her first year and later, the
Geoffrey Crawshay Memorial Travelling Scholarship.
Specialising in painting during the final year of the course, Eloiza was
enormously inspired by the sense of peace she finds in the work of
Vermeer. Finding such a sense of tranquillity and calm integral to
her own practice, Eloiza was able to take such elements and develop
them for herself, creating something of an inner peace in her
portraits especially. Freud, Chardin and Charles Hardaker were also
strong influences. In the work of Leonardo da Vinci she sees a
universality which seems to go beyond a personal way of looking and
at times, aims towards this objectivity in her own work.
The small scale of Eloiza's recent work has
been developed with a desire to draw the viewer into the same close
scrutiny she has already given it, as she finds this to be a
Since graduating with a B.A in Fine Art in 2008, Eloiza has been
shortlisted for two major prizes, the Threadneedle Prize and the
Bulldog Portrait Bursary.
She has also spent a month in Cyprus, staying at the art college in Lempa, near Paphos,
where she found the tranquillity and
ease of life a great addition to her painting and the sense of quiet
that it evokes.