Minnie Evans was born in Long Creek, North Carolina to an African American family whose heritage was tied to Trinidad. Most of her images were inspired by dreams, and she spoke of day visions taking advantage of her. Those dreams and a compelling spiritual experience on Good Friday 1935 inspired her to paint for the next 50 years. Self taught, she claimed "something told me to draw or die. It was shown to me what to do." Seven works by Minnie Evans were acquired through New York collector Tom Isenberg and are now in the collection of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.