My name is pronounced Y-anne, not Wayne. I used to not like it, but later decided it’s a cool name for an artist. I’ve been a full-time artist for the past 20 years. I have been blessed to have my work in collections all over the world.
In late 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage IV oral cancer. It was a shock since I never smoked, and was otherwise, relatively healthy. I underwent a major 13-hour surgery, losing my entire tongue and 66 lymph nodes. Followed by chemo, radiation and a year long recover process. I lost my ability to talk clearly and I take all of my nutrition from a stomach feeding tube.. Thankfully, I’m still cancer free and winning the battle with the beast. I am extremely lucky that I don’t have to talk in order to paint. Now, I’m painting more than ever! The process has taught me to live in the moment and not take anything for granted. I now consider “the Big C” a gift.
I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two children. A spotted mini dachshund and a dozen aquariums of Betta fish, shrimp and snails keep me company in my studio every day, while I do what I love….paint. Life is grand!