Yvonne Kern began painting while attending Diablo Valley College in Concord, Calif. In 1983 she moved to Eureka to continue her studies and graduated from Humboldt State University in 1985. She has been painting professionally since then.
Kern uses photographs that she takes on special artist dates to create her paintings. "Sometimes it may take many months before I find the image that calls me," she said. "I may even do a study in watercolor or oil and decide that what I have already created is the best possible and will no longer pursue painting the scene."
Her painting of the new Eureka Hikshari Trail was chosen last year to be included on a trailhead kiosk. "When I first walked the trail, I saw a vision of the trail at dawn, even though it was noon. I returned to the trail many weeks later hoping to capture the perfect light and was successful."
The original painting is now a part of a local couple’s collection, but The Garberville Art Co-operative will have prints and cards of the image, as well as other popular images for sale.
She lives and works in the Myrtletown area of Eureka and is currently serving on the steering committee of the North Coast Open Studios. Her studio will be open to the public the first weekend of North Coast Open Studios, May 31 and June 1. She also exhibits regularly at the Redwood Art Association Gallery in Eureka.
"A rural quality of life is rapidly fading for many people in our country, and I look at its beauty as historical. I consider my paintings as records of a simpler, clean and uncluttered landscapes where there was a place to connect with nature in solitude," she said of her paintings. "My hope is that these lovely Humboldt and Trinity County areas will preserve some wildness for future generations to enjoy."
The Trinity River by Yvonne Kern