Featured Artist-seen in wham library space
August-september yvette st. amant
Since I was a child I had a creative edge. I would spend hours in my bedroom doodling and replicating images I saw in books and magazines. At age 18, I arranged my first artist portfolio, a combination of drawings and prints, in which I submitted to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario for acceptance to their Bachelor of Fine Art program. Needless to say, November 28, 1996, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Fine Arts. During my time in university I found my niche in abstract and non objective painting. My use of bright bold colors flourished the canvas with energy and movement. Shortly after graduating, my interest in wildlife gave me inspiration to paint large scale canvas, using animals as my subject. My style was tight and confined filling my composition with the entire animal leaving minimal negative space. When painting my animals, I used oil paint enabling me to combine large visible brush strokes with blended areas for added texture and drama. I still maintained a sense of abstract as I would see and paint pure colors in the fur (blue, red, yellow), however, able to maintain realism in the completed piece.
In 1997 I relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, where I continued painting animals of large scale, submitting them in community art shows periodically. By 2003, I took an interest in publishing my paintings. In order for me to become a successful published artist I would have to expand my subject and explore my technique. I took a strong interest in tropical floral. As I did in my earlier years, I began exploring images of tropical flowers and manipulating them into my own style. I changed my medium to acrylic paint, either on board or canvas. This allowed me to create shapes out of the shadows and highlights then applying a second layer of paint adding more texture and visible brush strokes. My use of vibrant colors enhances the combination of blended and visible brush strokes maintaining an abstract element. As a photographer with basic knowledge in graphic design, I then began to use a technique of photographing my own images and manipulating them in Photoshop to plan new compositions. I used this as a visual aid for my publisher to see if an image would be of interest to my purchasers prior to creating the image on canvas or board. I continue to use my graphic design skills to prepare my compositions. I’ve since broadened my range of subject matter to include abstract, foliage, landscape, tropical, and Asian influenced. I maintain a contemporary edge in all my paintings, innovated by my experience and interest in design and interior decorating.
My published work includes contemporary images for home décor. Most of the paintings I create as a pair, giving a solo painting a mate to display together. The paintings have similar components (i.e. color, texture, and subject) however the compositions are different. This gives them their own identity, allowing the option of being displayed separately or together.
I am widely known for both my worldwide published tropical images, particularly “Birds of Paradise I & II” and “Makatea Leaves I & II”, capturing the sultry essence of these topical flowers, using brilliant color and lush foliage, and the best-sellers “Frozen Impressions I& II” which showcase my ability to tone down and represent freshness of early spring foliage. Most of her work can be found in various retail such as JC Penny Home, Bed Bath and Beyond, Wayfair, Ross, Winners, Target, Walmart, Houzz, Fulcrum Gallery, Art.com, Allprints.com, Overstock.com and also through her publisher CAP & WinDevon.
Since 2008 I have lived and reside in the Greater Phoenix area of Arizona. My art then developed into a more organic approach to my abstracts, toning down my color pallet with earth tones, and a combination of geometric and organic shapes. Texture also plays an important role in my current works, replicating natural textures such as bark and cloth. Some examples of these works are my “Elements of Nature I & II” which embodies earth’s natural textures and colors, with soft and subtle impressions of tropical foliage.
Currently, my exploration with texture, art journaling, stamping, and printmaking is a continued work in progress. I’ve recently started a new series including loose, and layered painting techniques with a language of light or what some call dream language. I am constantly growing as an artist and am inspired by my environment, dreams, and those around me.
My art is on continued rotation with The Art Department in Scottsdale, Arizona, and exhibits her work regularly in various galleries throughout the Phoenix Valley. Yvette is the Founder of Arizona Artisans Guild, a global community of artisans, a member of WHAM Art Association in the West Valley, and juried member of the Arizona Arts Alliance.