Yvonne is a contemporary expressionist painter working 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 reinvents her life experiences and life interests through photographs, memory and imagination. She applies marks of expressionism and abstraction to the subjects that populate her work - nature, plants, birds, animals and humans - and assembles them into spaces that resonate with the emotional and atmospheric, as well as the narrative, to build bold and intriguing paintings.
Drawn to things that sit comfortably on the fringes of expectation, Yvonne is interested in the imperfections and the frailties of humanness. Exploring a sense of place and themes of belonging, she often embraces the feminine, the vulnerable, the singular or outsider, in unexpected worlds of illusory spaces or imagined realms.
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. A documentary filmmaker for most of her life, Yvonne now splits her time behind the camera and in the studio. Her films have aired nationally on television and screened at film festivals across North America. Many of her films have art, artists and disability art as a central subject. Her visual artwork shows regularly throughout Alberta.
Artists that use the expressive language of colour and line have influenced Yvonne. From the neo-expressionists, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edinburgh artist John Bellany, through to contemporary artists Hurvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Peter Doig, Mamma Andersson, Johanna Bath, Julian Forrest, Sean Caulfield and Sam Walrod to name a few.
Yvonne 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.