Yvonne is interested in the imperfections and frailties of humanness. The subjects that populate her work regularly embrace aspects of the feminine, the vulnerable, the singular or outsider placed in unexpected worlds of illusory spaces or imagined realms. A sense of place or belonging are themes that play out in her paintings. Landscape, landscape elements and botanical imagery play an important role in Yvonne’s work, using them as reference points for place and time, for history and heritage, as well as a way to express a perceived fragility and innocence of things feminine.
Artist Bio Yvonne is a contemporary expressionist painter working in various media but mostly in oil. Her work uses a wide variety of styles and impulses of painterly language to explore the space and visual experiences of painting. Through her art practice she deconstructs and reinterprets her life experiences and life interests from photographs, memory and imagination. Many of her paintings are landscape based or influenced, with a number of them harking back to her Scottish roots as well as referencing elements of her current life in Canada. Yvonne’s work as a documentary filmmaker has informed her studio practice with a strong sense of emotional and atmospheric narrative. Yvonne was born in Scotland and grew up in a small village in Stirlingshire. She spent most of her young adult life in Glasgow before moving to Edmonton in 1990. She studied photography at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing, and drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art. She graduated with distinction in 2016 from the fine art certificate program through the University of Alberta Extension. She is an active member of the SSA, ASA, EAC, SNAP, CARFAC Alberta and Harcourt House Artist Run Centre where she maintains her studio practice. Yvonne has three grown children. Her eldest child has autism. She lives in Edmonton with her partner Donna.