Before painting, Leef Evan’s life was varied and fragmented, full of ribald tales of debauchery, scholastics, sports and mayhem… more congruent than consecutive. The only true constant in his adult life has been the persistent and massive bouts of depression; the last of which put him in hospital some five years ago. When he was discharged he found himself without his apartment, his car, or the capacity to interact with friends or family. Evans ended up in an SRO in the Downtown Eastside, rattling between doctors’ appointments and thin soup. If he had not found the Art Room at the Coast Resource Centre and the Gallery Gachet community and, subsequently, the opportunity to paint he cannot conceive of where he might be now. He has since built a successful art practice. Evans has exhibited at various galleries in Vancouver such as Gallery Gachet, The Gathering Place and Coast. He has been interviewed by Readers Digest and provincial newspapers.