Yvonne grew up on a farm near the Transkei, and later in George, South Africa.
She finished her BA Fine Art(Graphic Design) degree at Stellenbosch University in 1993. After a year of freelance illustration, she went to London for 7 years, where she worked for clients like Macmillan Education UK and BBC Educational Publishing.
Yvonne then returned to South Africa to settle in Jeffreys Bay and start a family, where she also does Surf Art. Her illustration ranges from people (mainly in African scenes), to hippie surf scenes, to botanicals, in mediums ranging from pen and ink washes, scraperboard, pencil crayon to acrylics.
Other illustration clients include Anglo American, Soul City and Soul Buddyz, Paraffin Safety of South Africa, Union-Swiss (Bio-oil), Good Taste magazine, Pearson, Heinemann and Oxford University Press.