Evan Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,
in 1953. He showed interest in art at an early age
when University of Alabama art professor and
family friend Richard Brough provided him with
painting materials and inspiration.
In 1971, Wilson enrolled in the prestigious
North Carolina School of the Arts to complete
high school. There he experimented with various
styles of art. After high school, Wilson attended the
Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore
where he met his lifelong mentor, Joseph Sheppard,
an internationally known realist painter.
Under Sheppard’s training, Wilson began his
evolution as a realist painter.