Yvette studied Graphic Design through TAFE, Sydney NSW. She worked as a book designer for the Paul Hamlyn Group, before moving to Gunnedah in North Western NSW. Between 1989-91, she studied painting and drawing through the Tamworth campus of TAFE, attaining distinctions in each subject. Pastels, oils and coloured pencils are the media of choice. She is inspired by the local environment and her pastel paintings are distinguished by muted skies and soft grasses.
Her still life compositions are uncluttered, with strong lines, shape and colour.Yvette is a member of the Pastel Society of Australia and the Australian Coloured Pencil Artists. Her work is represented in private collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan. She has had an article published in The Australian Artist magazine in April 2004 titled ‘The Delicate Beauty of the Linear Stroke’. She has recently relocated to Wingham, in the Manning Valley NSW.
Like most practising artists, it is our life and we all feel the need to paint, draw or create. My mother, paternal Aunt and paternal Great Uncle all painted and I feel fortunate to have the same interest. I’m in the studio most days, especially when working towards an exhibition and enjoy the challenge of a deadline. It certainly makes me more productive!
Whilst I enjoy most media, pastels are what has the greatest appeal. Landscapes are my preferred subject and living on the Mid North Coast in the Manning Valley, NSW, there are lots of beautiful areas to paint. Having lived for many years in Gunnedah, I’m still drawn to the wide open plains with their wonderful grasses, a favourite subject!
I still use my graphics background in creating the monthly newsletter for the Taree Art Society and a tri-yearly newsletter for the Manning Regional Art Gallery-keeps my hand in. I’ve done two calendars over the last couple of years and recommend it to all artists, it’s very beneficial in promoting your work.
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