Born and raised in Northumberland, England, Yvonne studied at Newcastle College of Art and Liverpool College of Art. After lecturing full-time for 5 years Yvonne became a freelance illustrator in 1978. Since then she has worked with many major publishing companies, magazines, design groups and advertising agencies worldwide. Yvonne’s provocative and innovative record sleeve for Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” was recently chosen by “Q” magazine to be one of “the 100 Best Record Sleeves Of All Time” and termed a “Design Classic” by BBC Television. Yvonne’s work has won many major national and international awards and her originals sell in galleries both in the UK and the USA. Her work is held in private collections including those of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the late H.R.H. Princess Margaret, Larry & Barbara Seeborg and Monica Seeborg.

Yvonne has the rare accomplishment of having been invited to illustrate and design five sets of postage stamps for the Royal Mail in the United Kingdom, of which three sets had been accepted; Christmas 1984, Arthurian Legends 1985, and Christmas 1994. These have led to her being awarded the following international awards: Il Franco Bollo d’Or (The Golden Stamp Award), Gran Premio del’Arte Filatelica (The World’s Most Beautiful Stamp).

She lives in Toronto, Canada with her Creative Director and Graphic Designer husband Danny Nanos where they continue to collaborate on the book design and illustration which has been their life’s work.

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