Cover Artist: Yvonne Ham

Winter Woman

Cover Artist: Yvonne Ham

Yvonne Ham is a contemporary realist portrait and landscape artist who works predominantly in the medium of watercolor and oil. Born in Peoria, Illinois, the artist lives and works in rural Elmwood, Illinois. In 2013 after raising her children, Ham decided to commit to her artwork full time, and had her first one woman show in 2013 at Dick Blick Gallery in Galesburg, Illinois. She is a member of the Central Illinois Art Association, participating in open studio first Friday shows, and has received awards from the Morton Community Art Show, Illinois Art League and Inside Out Plein Air competitions.

Yvonne’s artwork reflects her fondness for family and interest in her local community, revealing her passion for recording history in today’s modern times. Impressions of events can be forgotten, and she hopes that through touching brush to canvas she stirs an emotional memory for the viewer. Working from both live models and photographs, Yvonne begins her watercolors with a loose pencil sketch, laying a roadmap for the look she wishes to create. She maneuvers the paint by lifting off, scratching, splattering and laying objects onto the surface to create special effects. Her oils are done Alla Prima, in one sitting, quickly laying in lights and darks on linen canvas or board. Thick impasto strokes, scratching the surface and line painting are finishing touches on her paintings.

To see more of Yvonne’s artwork, visit, her Etsy shop, or find her on Facebook at Yvonne Ham Studio.

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