Eric Evenson is an only child, and the apple of Jean and Paul Evenson’s eyes. Shortly after winning his first art contest in second grade, Eric almost received detention. The art instructor was unable to believe a realistic shoe could be rendered so well at such a young age.
Eric and his childhood friends created over one hundred comic books during several harsh North Dakota winters.
Shortly after his parents’ untimely deaths, he was encouraged by his grandparents (Otto and Donna Evenson) to pursue creative projects for life. In 2011, Donna Evenson was placed in the North Dakota Hall of Fame for her contributions to the expansion of the art community in the midwest.
Jaded by the current state of art at the time, Eric traveled in search of something new, while painting psychedelic sidewalk and wall murals throughout America. In 1996, he ended up in San Diego, California. At this time, Eric was hired by Kamans Art Shoppes to draw live caricatures and portraits, allowing him to work with every top party art agent in Southern California.
With the accelerated learning curve forced on him, Eric quickly teamed up with other artists, including Tou Vue, a virtuoso who has collaborated on and inspired much of Eric’s work. DJ Schugar shone a light on the value and impact of live painting on San Diego’s hungry nightlife revelers.
While forging friendships and gaining inspiration from live artists like Sean Deitrich and Vincent Gordon, and after immersing himself countless times in the crowded nightclubs and bars of San Diego, Eric’s own style finally emerged. Finessed through years of training and commissioned work, Eric’s technique is now “flawless”, he pinky promises. His original and emotionally infused pieces can now be found and enjoyed at countless venues throughout the U.S.