Yvonne is a South Devon based artist who has made such a name in recent years that we forgave her for living just the wrong side of The Tamar! Yvonne loves St Ives and wanted her work to be on display here. She picked imagianation gallery for its atmosphere, location and lighting. She came to see us last May after selling out on the first day at her exhibition in Exeter. Her instincts seem to be right as her paintings here are usually bought within 2 or 3 days of delivery — one even as we were bringing it in from the car!
This May, Yvonne's work has again sold out on the first day of her show in Exeter, mostly before she had even arrived, we were told by another artist.
We have a waiting list of people who would like to buy one of her pieces, so do let us know if you would like to be informed when new work comes in.
Here is what Yvonne says about her work:
"My paintings are inspired by the gentle hills and the singing rainbows of tumbling, spilling, flowers outside my studio which is nestled deeply in the folds of Devon.
"Painting for me is a love affair: I am profoundly passionate about it, it grips my heart tightly and I yearn for it when I am away. I am both a dreamer and a believer. I work very intuitively and instinctively, creating a space in which I allow the image to evolve and unravel. My practice demands that I am courageous and openhearted and it always involves risk. It is also an eternal search for truth. I feel things with a burning intensity and my canvas provides a container for these huge emotions.
"Seduced by colour I perceive the world accordingly. My palette is blazing and lyrical by turns, with hot and vibrant hues inspired by the many journeys I have made in my life. I almost always work outside so howling gales and gentle breezes have as much influence on my painting as lacy ice and scorching sunshine. The weather, in a very immediate way, directs the end result of the image.
"My paintings are also concerned with something that is often overlooked and forgotten, a sacred space within ourselves and in the land. The images I create embrace wildness, innocence and a deep connection to the earth. My most recent work is sourced from close examination of Dartmoor and the exploding kaleidoscopic hedgerows on the edges of ancient paths, walkways and lanes in the surrounding area.
"I am fascinated by chaos and order existing simultaneously and the easy harmony that occurs in the natural world between these two forces. Also the relationship between fragility and strength. My canvas becomes a visual response to these elemental energies and polarities discovered within the environment and myself.
My work is a celebration of the joy and ultimate purity of the human spirit and embraces all that is magical: the unseen is as relevant as the seen in the finished piece."