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Art & Life with Yvonne Byers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvonne Byers.

Yvonne, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Through rain and shine, life has always offered me art and nature as an outlet to explore myself and beyond. Though I didn’t study art in college, my notes were always filled with doodles of mandala patterns, and I regularly found myself accepting side projects mostly designing skateboard graphics or apparel designs for friends. I became a rider for Bonzing skateboards based in San Francisco where my friend, Austin Graziano, the owner and operator of the company, gave his team the opportunity to express themselves fully through creating a skate deck from start to finish – shaping the board and creating a graphic.

The skateboarding world was my main artistic outlet throughout college, and I ended up creating the Spunk deck which embodies the shape of an assassin bug – I had taken an entomology class that led to an infatuation with insects- and has the graphic of a painting I did during my travels in Hawaii after graduating. Nature has always inspired my art, and after college I found myself applying for and completing a Science Illustration program where I discovered a love for botanical illustration. I now live and work as a gardener and artist in Santa Cruz, California and am forever inspired by the mountains and sea that sandwich me in this nook of paradise. From southern California to northern California the changing landscapes never fail to humble me on this earth. I gain inspiration from all the nature that surrounds us and intend to create art to inspire and ignite a passion for others to have a more well-rounded understanding of this world we are a part of.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The artwork I do is categorized under the term Science Illustration. Yes, I love nature just like anyone else, but I try to get a bit nerdy about the subject matter, too. Understanding the anatomy, growth habit, structure, environment, pollinators, predators, and prey in relation to any specimen that I am illustrating is important for me to relay the correct information to the viewer. Art is a universal language. It speaks beyond what words can say. Especially in the sciences, many articles and research papers use targeted language that only peers in the science world are familiar with. Using images, illustrations, and diagrams to help explain the information becomes just as important as the written words. I am an advocate for nature, and through my art, I hope to inspire intrigue, awareness, and understanding about the many ways we affect and are affected by the world around us. To think outside of ourselves, about something bigger than we are, to be able to positively influence this planet beyond our lifetime.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Find things besides art that fulfill your soul! I find that if I ever feel lonely, I try and spend time doing my other passions, whether it be skateboarding, playing music, surfing, or dancing I always feel better after taking some time out of life to partake in these other activities. Diversifying your skills can open your world to more inspiration and more relationships.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can view my work and contact me through my website,, on Instagram, @yvonzing, at various First Friday events held in Santa Cruz, or if they travel to Kauai and visit the National Tropical Botanical Garden, I have collaborated with them on their informative signage and displays dispersed throughout the garden. I am very receptive to messages and emails and love to do commissioned projects where I can work directly with the client.

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 Image Credit:
Marcus Bandy (skate photo at Washington Street park)

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