Yvonne Carola-Pearce was born in the Netherlands, and came to South Africa as a little girl, completed her education in South Africa – matriculated and completed her NTC 4 (National Technical Certificate) in technical drawing.
Ever since Yvonne can remember she has had a love for nature and animals (especially the Leopard family) and that has had a great influence on becoming a Wildlife Artist. Yvonne is self taught and has been painting professionally for plus minus 20 years and works in oil, acrylic and pastels.
Yvonne has done a vast amount of commissions and exhibitions, in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Knysna, George as well as the USA and England. Her paintings are hanging all over the world – Europe, USA, the East, Australia, just to mention a few. She has paintings hanging in corporate institutions in Poland, Canada and Germany. She was commissioned to do a calendar for the Millennium. More than 20 of her paintings are reproduced into cross stitch patterns.
Yvonne is a dedicated conservationist and contributes towards conservation projects through donations of paintings, she feels indebted to the beautiful animals she paints.
Yvonne used to live in the Johannesburg area and frequently paid visits to game parks. She believes that only through the lengthy process of observing from life that she can understand her subjects well enough to paint them convincingly. She approaches her art with modesty and apparent ease, resulting in her exquisitely detailed paintings of the animal kingdom and the endangered species.
Yvonne is at present residing in George, on the beautiful Garden Route of the Cape, where she has a studio/gallery.