Yvette was born in 1969 and grew up in Bloemfontein. She studied Architecture and after her studies moved to Cape Town where she started working in the profession for 10 years, renovating old houses and restoring them to their former beauty.
After her children were born she found the demands of the architectural and building industry too much and decided to take up her art again. She enrolled in art classes and quickly discovered her love for the palette knife. A slight obsession got hold of her and for about two years she only focussed on mastering this technique.
She only works in oils and her themes are all very feminine and ethereal. “I love all things in nature, especially flowers and birds. I have a little vegetable garden which is surrounded by roses which I tend to as if precious little gems. These roses form the subjects of most of my paintings, together with my collection of pots that I have accumulated over the past 30 years, some of which are more than a century old.”
Yvette currently resides with her family in the heart of the Durbanville winelands. She plans to move permanently to Hermanus as soon as her youngest finishes school.