In 1960, Evie was been given a box of oil paints by her mother and father, and decided to try them out. She had always loved to paint, but had never had the opportunity to pursue it. She found it to be to her liking, and thought she would continue.
She enrolled in an art class at Danforth Technical School in Toronto, ON and enjoyed it very much. Her first teacher was Gordon Peters.
Evie then took two years of study at the Haliburton College of Art. Her teacher there was Gary Chapman.
In 1987, she decided to try a new medium and enrolled in a Japanese brush painting class. This was a very new experience for her, and a big challenge. Kou Kitagama lead the class. Evie and her sister, Kay, earned their seals during their second year.
Evie continued to study and develop her brush painting skills. In early 1990s, she shared this skill and passion in a local seniors home where she taught the residence.