ArtWinter 2023

Covid 2021 Series — Cynthia Yatchman

“Covid 2021 – 41”

“Covid 2021 – 10”

“Covidtimes 3”


I primarily use acrylic paint, latex paints, inks, papers and charcoal. 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 pattern and/or creating a rich sensual surface by making layer upon layer of marks. There is often an unseen history within these layers as images are obscured and revealed.

During our Covid times I worked on a series of floral prints/paintings in both black and white and vibrant colors. At times my work speaks to issues of social justice, revelation and connection. My work frequently gives reference to my experience with nature. I frequently work in segmented pieces, where I may pair black and white with color, abstract images may contrast representational images, Prints may be paired next to paintings, My images can provide occasions for contemplating the unity that underlies things which at first may seem disparate.


Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle based artist and art instructor. With an M.A. in child development and a B. A. in education, she has a strong interest in art education and teaches art to adults, children and families in Seattle. As a former ceramicist, she studied with J.T. Abernathy in Ann Arbor, MI, however after receiving her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington she switched from 3D art 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 and she has been shown nationally in California, Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon and Wyoming. She has exhibited extensively in the Northwest, including shows at Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Shoreline Community College, the Tacoma and Seattle Convention Centers and the Pacific Science Center. She is a member of the Seattle Print Art Association , COCA (Center of Contemporary Art) and the Puget Sound Group of Northwest artists.

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