“After moving to Detroit by age 10, Everna attended a school that requested his participation in a number of art projects that were ultimately used as large seasonal displays in Detroit’s downtown department stores. Encouraged by the experience, Everna entered a widely advertised “Draw Me” contest and as a result received periodic solicitations to attend “Art Instruction School”. Being keenly aware of the family’s impoverished condition, he declined the offer. The offers to attend continued well after he enlisted in the Navy at age 18. Having explored other talents and pursued other interests, Everna’s time for art was seldom available.
Now in his latter years, this retired seafarer stays quite busy creating mixed medium pieces covering a myriad of subjects. He particularly likes to explore ideas surrounding the dynamics of the slave trade era and the effects on today’s society. In his series “Welcome to America” he has produced a number of pieces depicting his graphic impressions of what may have occurred and the culture shock the Africans undoubtedly experienced.”