Cynthia Yatchman

Artistic Background

My mother, Ruth Yatchman, an artist and art instructor, was most well known for her porcelain painting. She had a very strong presence in the national and international China Painting community and helped this art form gain public recognition. I was a ceramic apprentice with J. T. Abernathy in Ann Arbor, MI. JT’s work is housed in more than 23 museums across the United States, he turns 100 this year and is still making pots. I followed in his footsteps and became a clay artist.  In the 1990’s  I changed from 3D to 2D.  I received a BFA in painting from the UW,  where I was privileged to be able to study with Michael Spafford and Michael Daily.  I have been painting and teaching art ever since, most recently parent-toddler clay classes, art to challenged youth in Seattle public schools and assorted fine art classes at my local Senior Center.  Art-related extracurricular activities include hosting an open life drawing session at my loft, meeting with a group of artists weekly to draw each others’ portraits.

I work primarily with inks, latex paint, acrylic paint and  pastels. My work is often segmented into parts: diptychs, triptychs and quartets. My work is often informed by nature and was especially nature driven during our recent covid times. My art often can speak to the duality in life. I frequently combine representational work with abstract work. I will often contrast a print against a painting. I will take  black and white and juxtapose that against vibrant colours. My images can provide occasions for contemplating the unity that underlies all things which at first can 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 and COCA (Center of Contemporary Art).