Featured Artist: Cynthia Yatchman

Cynthia Yatchman

Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle based artist and art instructor. A former ceramicist, she received her B.F.A. in painting (UW). She switched from 3D to 2D and has remained there ever since. She works primarily on paintings, prints and collages. Her art is housed in numerous public and private collections. She has exhibited on both coasts, extensively in the Northwest, including shows at Seattle University, SPU, Shoreline Community College, the Tacoma and Seattle Convention Centers and the Pacific Science Center. She is a member of the Seattle Print Art Association, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists and COCA (Center of Contemporary Art).

Artist’s Statement

I primarily use acrylic paint, latex paint and inks, on paper. My images contain many diverse layers of meaning, from the universal to the specific and personal. Many of my works are abstract. I am frequently interested in pattern and/or creating a rich sensual surface by making layer upon layer of marks. There is often an unseen history within these layers as images are obscured and revealed.

During our Covid times I worked on a series of floral prints/paintings in both black and white and vibrant colors. At times my work speaks to issues of social justice, revelation and connection. My work frequently gives reference to my experience with nature. I frequently work in segmented pieces, where I may pair black and white with color, abstract images may contrast representational images, prints may be paired next to paintings. My images can provide occasions for contemplating the unity that underlies things which at first may seem disparate.