Catharine Yantsis is a contemporary artist, born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Yantsis has always exhibited a strong sense of creativity and keen sense for perfection in design. Her opportunity and desire to pursue the arts initially lead her to studies at Sheridan College, then eventually to Ryerson University, from which she holds a BAA in the field of Interior Design.
Her choice of medium is acrylic, for its quick-drying properties; oil stick, for its silky smooth texture that “smears” across the canvas; and graphite for its expressive ease of lines and mark making. Yantsis is inspired and influenced by nature. In speaking of her work, Yantsis writes:
“I find inspiration through the colours and lines that nature creates freely. The moss found on a tree stump, the depths and range of blues from the lake and the sky, the line of a simple twig to the curves of a leaf. These lines and shapes force us to look more closely and with much more appreciation to the beauty that surrounds. I could never duplicate this perfection, I only try to convey and interpret the way I see it.”