Working out of her Crowsnest Pass, Alberta studio, Yvonne Martinez has specialized in watercolour paintings of birds and flowers since 1981. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art, Yvonne is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (A.F.C.A.).
Her artwork has become known for its depiction of birds – birds that she portrays with a sense of personality and vitality, shown in a charming narrative style. These pieces possess strong composition and subtle detail, and have found their way into many collections nation wide.
The Limited Edition Giclée Prints of Yvonne’s watercolour paintings are kept to a publication size of 95 prints, after which the printing plates are destroyed. Each print is published to the highest reproduction standards on 100% acid free rag paper, and has individual pencil / prisma colour or metallic details added by herself, making each one delicately unique from the next. Included on the back is a complete story written by Yvonne explaining her reference and inspiration for each watercolour.
An avid animal lover and field naturalist, Yvonne has witnessed an abundance of animal and bird wildlife along her daily walks. She aims for a good hour each day – both for the vital exercise and the inspiration ‘out in nature’ can bring her. Often when someone visits – she is thrilled to lead them through her 1/2 hour Birdhouse Walkway stroll on her land (with 70 handmade houses) or accompany her along a favourite view trail. One in particular is an easy 20 minute jaunt to see Alberta’s oldest living tree – a Limber Pine – cored at approx 1700 years old!