Artist's Statement

"I paint in a loose impressionistic style, with confident, bold coloured brush strokes. I love vibrant colours in heavy doses. As a native from South Africa, I was blessed with blue skies, yellow fields, lavander coloured Jakaranda trees, wildflowers - a feast for the colour palette - not to mention the eye."



Born in South Africa, Yolanda emigrated to Canada with her husband and young son in 2004.  While still in South Africa, she had left her law practice to follow her heart and pursue a career as a full-time artist.  It was in 2008 that the family moved to Kelowna, B.C., where she now lives.

The intense colours of the South African landscape, including very dramatic sunsets and storm clouds, continue to influence the works of this artist.  Every painting that leaves her easel is bold, bright and dramatic, using thick, juicy paint to emphasize the foreground.

Largely a self-taught artist, Yolanda continues on a path to continuously grow, learn and improve her craft by attending professional artists’ workshops and receiving mentorship from highly respected artists.  As an associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, De Villiers has had her work juried into a number of shows and exhibitions, including: 

2022   Impressions Collective Show,  Peachland Art Gallery, Peachland, B.C.

2022   Lake Country Artwalk,  Lake Country, B.C. 

2022   Square Foot Show, Online Juried Exhibition

2022   Ode To Spring,  FCA Juried Show, Grizzly Winery, West Kelowna, B.C.

2018 – 2021   Solo and Group Exhibitions in the Okanagan Valley


Gallery Representation:

2022   Gallery 421, Kelowna, BC, Canada 

2023   Artym Gallery, Invermere, BC, Canada