Yvonne Coomber

”Painting for me is a love affair. My work is a celebration of all that is good in the world.”

yvonne-coomber-artist-1My rainbow drenched paintings sing of wild tumbling hedgerows, tangled meadowlands, open moorlands and magical forests.  They whisper of love.  My intention is to transport the viewer to an effervescent place of happiness that is literally saturated in joy.  A place where paint smiles.

The materials I use are extremely important.  A mixture of oils, inks, glosses, glazes, fine glitter and gold leaf are applied in a multitude of layers.  Washes are built up to form a work that is infused with colour.  Paintbrushes, sponges, rags, palette knives and fingers are all used to create the finished piece.  The result is a kaleidoscopic jewel like composition of rich pigments that prismatically opens up to reveal the radiance and beauty of nature.

yvonne-coomber-artist-2I always works outside, so lacy ice and howling gales have as much influence on the final painting as scorching sunshine and gentle breezes. The weather in a very direct way dictates how and where the paint falls. The creation of the piece is a very physical demanding process that requires my all.  The initial marks evolve from an energetic dance around the canvas and the process is full of  raw emotion and passion.

In the early stages of an image I throw, rub, dribble and pour rich stains onto linen responding to internal and external landscapes as they unfold themselves. However, in the final piece there is also a quiet calm and peacefulness present in each image. A place for the soul to rest. A place for dreams to unfold.

Spontaneous and instinctively my paintings demand risk, courage and a weaving of magic out of what emerges. Surrendering to the canvas I touch the place where mystery lies.

I was brought up on a farm and spent much of her childhood in Ireland, my mother’s homeland.  Inspired by the world and all it contained, I travelled widely in my twenties with a thirst for exploration and discovery.  During this period I spent time living and working in Australia, Africa and Europe.  One of my most formative journeys was spent with a horse-drawn community in England, discovering ancient, sacred and forgotten parts of our land.

My relentless spirit of curiosity and deep enquiry led me to pursue a degree in Philosophy and Literature at Brighton University.  A formal fine art training in Sussex was the springboard for my paintings.  I now lives in Devon with my husband and fellow artist Mike Boyer and have four children.

“The most beautiful paintings in the world. I have one and it brings me joy every day. Thank you.”
Charles Minton
“Your painting has been transformational. I am deeply grateful.”
Karen Longsworth
“Very uplifting, so much joy in your pictures. Inspiring, thank you.”
Sally Sarmer
“Beautiful, stunning. So much of your soul put into these paintings. Thank you.”
Arron Wills
I can’t thank you enough, I’m sure going to be in louises good books on xmas morning.
Jane Pickard
The painting has arrived safely this morning so thank you! I just wanted to add my sincere thanks to you for painting it for us! It brought tears to my eyes when I saw it and I can’t stop looking at it! The more you look the more you see! It will always have a special place in our house so thank you!!!!!
Best wishes
Nicky Marrett
I bought my picture and absolutely love it – makes me smile every day!
Claudine Mcmaster
We would definitely like Yvonne to name Megan’s painting please. I don’t believe I’ve seen a title of one of her works that I haven’t liked. The painting is truly beautiful Sarah….bright, warming, restful and serene…perfectly mirroring Megan’s contented and ‘sunny’ personality.
Penny Washbrook
Just wanted to write and let you know how much I enjoy your painting “Your Love Shines”. I bought it to celebrate my third anniversary with my partner, and to hang in my new home. I am a country girl and the wildness and warmth of the painting touches me. I don’t believe I know much about art – only what I like and don’t like – but I can honestly say that this is the first time I have knowingly had, and keep having an emotional response to a piece of work. I love it so much – it makes me smile everyday. Thankyou!

Anna Males
I just felt compelled to write to you as your art is the most beautiful I have ever seen. I walked past an art shop window in Dartmouth last year and was stopped dead in my tracks by one of your brightly coloured floral paintings. I adore it.
Jessica Needs
Painting has just arrived and is absolutely beautiful. It is beyond expectation. I am so pleased I was moved to tears. Please thank Yvonne for this lovely momento of my mum.
Clare Grange
Never before has a picture spoken to me like yours have.
Lauren Budd
Your art conveys such beauty.
Fiona David
Stunning .. The detail and colours are simply beautiful
Paula McCree
I have just discovered your work and I’m totally in love!
Rebecca Claire Tracey
I could look at your painting all day.
Catherine Pidwell