Yvonne Reddick is known for her skillful use of layers of transparent and opaque colour to achieve paintings that appear lit from within. Communicating her heart with her paintbrush, she passionately conveys on canvas what is bubbling up inside of her. As each layer requires time to dry she moves from one creation to the next, always having several paintings in process in her studio.
While spending time travelling in Italy, Reddick was emotionally stirred and deeply inspired by the beauty of the old world paintings and sculptures, particularly those from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Accepting an invitation from renowned Canadian artist David Langevin, Yvonne spent several years studying under him in the master-apprentice tradition. Since 2007 when she was invited to be represented by some of the Fine Art Galleries in Canada, she has been working full time at her craft. She continues to study and apply the techniques of the European Old Masters such as Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Titian and Vermeer.
Reddick’s inspiration is boundless. Initially her signature subject matter being still life, her famous ‘pear’ paintings and intimate scenes of a latte or cup of tea with a newspaper or book quickly became widely popular. For the past several years her landscape paintings, evoking a variety of exquisite vistas from a warm, vibrant sunset to the deep blues and greens of the ocean, have been collected internationally.
Yvonne grew up in beautiful, pastoral, Prince Edward County on the North shore of Lake Ontario, and for most of her adult life has lived in the mountainous interior of British Columbia. She credits both of these stunning and romantic places with having a strong influence on her creativity. Her paintings are part of private collections across Canada and in Austria, Australia, China, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and the U.S.
“With great skill, Reddick renders her art works into delectable, sensuous visions. She patiently builds her oil paintings so that each work is made up of many layers of paint. Consequently, they seem to glow with light and achieve a depth and intensity of saturated colour.”
(Kamloops Public Art Gallery Curator)