Evelyn, a Louisiana native, is a long time Arkadelphia resident. She was strongly influenced by her work in 4-H club as a young person. It was there that she developed sewing and design skills which ultimately influenced her career choice in family and Consumer Sciences. Evelyn received a BSE from Louisiana Tech and an MS from Louisiana State University. She completed course work in art at OBU before beginning a long-time teaching career at HSU. During 40 years of teaching, she regularly applied the art elements and principles as an integral part of her classes. Time was limited for producing art work until she retired, so now she spends time developing and perfecting those latent art skills.
Much of Evelyn’s art work is devoted to improving her skills in watercolor and oil painting. She has maintained an active interest in textiles, one of her favorite classes when she was teaching. She has continued to experiment with dyeing techniques and with various felting techniques using fibers and fabrics in unexpected ways -in basketry, jewelry making, and greeting cards. Designing with a computer and transferring the designs to fabric is another area she has explored.
Since becoming a member of the Caddo River Art Guild, she has actively participated in watercolor, photography, and fiber workshops and has participated in several art and photography exhibits locally. As a CRAG member she has had the opportunity to work with artists who have shared ideas, given help and critiques that have inspired her to work harder on her art and to help other artists in return.