I primarily use acrylic paint, latex paints, inks, papers, charcoal and alcohol inks for my paintings. 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 patterns and/or creating a rich surface. There is often an unseen history within these layers as images are obscured and revealed.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked on this series of abstract paintings which focus on vibrant colors and strong patterns while referencing my experience with nature. This helped relieve the stress I faced during this time.
For this particular set of paintings, I used Yupo paper as it is a very slick, smooth, and non-absorbent paper – much like vellum. I chose to paint with alcohol inks because on this paper the colors remain very saturated and bleed in interesting and unintended ways.
Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle based artist and art instructor. A former ceramicist, she received her B.F.A. in painting from 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 and Center of Contemporary Art.