Yvonne Sangster | Pastel mostly, it is my passion, Graphite, Watercolor, Acrylic, and Oil.
Philosophy on Art:
Art is a creation in any media expressing what the artist desires. Everyone has their own personal aesthetic. The art that I love to create and the art of others that I love may be what someone else does not appreciate. Because one does not like or understand a work of art does not mean the work is not art. It is an artistic creation.
Are you an art creator or an art producer? Or, do you see a difference between the two?
I feel like I am more of a creator but I am also and instructor. I love to pass on what I know as well as create.
Why do you do what you do?
The root of my desire to create in artistic form began in my cradle from one of the most gifted portrait artists I have ever known, my mother Doris Bell Wright. She put a pencil in my hand the moment I was old enough to hold one and encouraged me to draw. I have always felt the need to capture in my art the special places, people and moments I have experienced through my life’s journey. I do not just want to capture a perfect image, but I want to find a way to represent the essence of the subject matter. Art is my way of communicating what has stimulated or moved me in some way and is an extension of my senses. As I create, I remember the smells, sounds and touches I have experienced. At times, my creations may not be an image as much as an impression or feeling; they are a way for me to share with others the people and places I have seen and loved, so that others may have the opportunity to experience the beauty in them as well. God has gifted me and to honor Him I want to share through my work or instruction. Why do I create art that I feel is lovely or beautiful? Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “If the eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.”
What kind of art attracts you?
Anything with bright color but I love landscapes and portraits.
What is the question you never want to be asked regarding your art?
Could you add a little more mauve to that so it will match my couch?
How do you know when a piece/series is finished?
When it expresses what I want it to say.
If you could interview any artist (living or dead) who would it be?
Ben Konis, who I have had the privilege of knowing and interviewing; Mary Cassatt and Kenneth Wyatt.