Evelyn was born at Woodgreen Station in the Utopia Homelands circa 1940. She is an Anmatyerre woman and the mother of six children. She and her husband, Clem Pultara grew up together and only moved from their traditional country when Clem took up a job as a stockman on a nearby property. Evelyn is a shy, quiet woman, whose confidence with a paintbrush seems at odds with her personality. She is the blood niece of the late Emily Kngwarreye and full sister to the respected lawman and well respected artist Greeny Purvis. Their parents were Jack Kngwarreye and Rosie Ngale. Evelyn's correct name is Petyarre - not Pultara.