Finding island inspiration in an artist's paradise
When seeking inspiration, Yvonne simply looks outside. "In the San Juan Islands art is everywhere," she says. "It’s a wonderfully natural place." Yvonne is a glass artist and painter on San Juan Island - a paradise she calls home and where she draws inspiration.
Voices of the Islands - Artist Yvonne
Just outside her studio lies an artist's haven. "We have the Salish Sea here. We have all kinds of forests where you can go for walks. And of course, for a lot of
Yvonne and many other island artists use the natural island colors in their work. Rich emerald greens and Salish Sea blues cover canvases and sculptures, reflecting the natural world that inspired their creation. "You get all those colors coming at you which really inspires your art," Yvonne says as she reflects on her colorful glass pieces.
Not only does the natural beauty of the islands inspire unique artwork, but the island lifestyle, too. "There’s a slower pace of life here," Yvonne says. "You have time just to be quiet. It lets me and other artists truly explore our creativity." Whether it's wandering through a farmer's market or catching a soft sunrise over a sleepy harbor, the islands have a way of easing locals and visitors alike into an awe-inspired calm.
Yvonne is part of a rich artist community in the San Juan Islands. "There are more artists here per capita than anywhere in Washington state," she says. Supported by a multitude of galleries and festivals representing local work, the community embraces the art of the archipelago.
Reflecting on the vibrant colors, striking scenery, and supportive community, Yvonne says, "They don’t call it the Emerald Isles for nothing." Inspired by the magic of the islands she notes that the materials and methods used are as varied as the islands themselves. "I love it here."
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