Jeremy Evans shows true artistry

Published 04/08 2014 06:09PM

Updated 04/08 2014 06:39PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Jazz forward Jeremy Evans paints a pretty picture when he's flying through the air for one of his gravity-defying dunks. But he also actually paints pretty pictures.

Evans' artwork will be on display at the Jazz game Tuesday night against Dallas in what will be the first public showing of his work.

"I'm not nervous," Evans said. "I'm excited so everyone can see it. Hopefully from here, I can do some work for other people. After basketball is over, this is what I want to do."

Evans has been drawing and painting ever since he was a little kid, and despite his busy basketball schedule, he still finds time for his art.

"Sometimes I'll paint when I'm in my hotel room," he said. "Sometimes I draw on my iPad. I just love doing it."

"He's got a talent," said Evans' good friend Gordon Hayward. "I don't know how he just sees it and draws it. It's pretty amazing."

Evans uses oils, pastels, watercolors and pencils, and will use anybody or anything for inspiration, from Michael Jordan to the Salt Lake Temple. 

His most famous painting is the one he jumped over at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2013, a creative feat that never garnered enough acclaim.

"A lot of people still don't know that I painted it," Evans said. "I told them I did, but I guess it didn't get broadcast on TV. Plus, I don't think people really recognized how big the canvas was. But it was still fun."

So, is Evans a better basketball player or a better artist?

"That's pretty tough," Evans said. "I still feel like I have so much to grow in both areas. I feel like I can be great in both."

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