A native southern Californian, Branchflower came of age in the turbulent sixties, served in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in Los Angeles, then moved inland to Cherry Valley. For almost 40 years this inland California landscape of oaks, fields and mountains inspired her paintings. Now living in northern Oregon, Branchflower studies a much greener, wetter landscape.
Branchflower works exclusively in oils. Known for her attention to technique, she embues her paintings with serenity and a bit of ambiguity.
Branchflower is a member of California Art Club. She completed her B.A. in studio art, taught painting in her studio for many years, and currently teaches drawing. Her work has won awards and has been included in national and regional juried exhibits. Rights to three of her paintings are held by 20th Century Fox for set decoration in the 2011 film "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
My small paintings reflect a need to connect more deeply with the urban environment in which I now live, as well as with nature. In both, I seek balance and serenity in environments that are beautiful but not benign. I seek the less populated landscape, less impacted by human activity.
The malleability of oil paint allows me to explore textures from mysterious glazes to the sparkle of impasto. Its rich colors are enchanting. I paint intuitively, searching for a meditative theme rather than literal representation, allowing my subject to develop as it will.
Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery
The Eliot Tower
1237 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4, closed Mon
California Art Club Association of Miniature Artists The Nature Conservancy
2013: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community 10th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA, Purchase Award
2013: Portland Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery Spring Show
2013: Governor's Mansion, Salem OR
2012: South Waterfront Juried Art Show, Portland OR
2012: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community 9th Annual Juried Art Exhibition National Juried, Harrisonburg VA, Purchase Award
2012: Portland Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery Spring Show Regional Juried, Portland OR
2012: Westminster Prespbyterian Church Celebration of Creativity Regional Juried, Beaverton OR
2011: Mirabella Portland Mirabella Art Walk, Portland OR
2011: Art on Broadway Gallery PPASP (Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters) Guest Group Show, Beaverton OR
2011: Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland OR
2011: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community 8th Annual Juried Art Exhibition National Juried, Harrisonburg VA
2010: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community 7th Annual Juried Art Exhibition National Juried, Harrisonburg VA, Purchase Award
2010: Redlands Art Association, Multi Media Mini Show Statewide Juried, Redlands CA
2010: Jack's Fine Art, Miniature Art Show, Beaumont CA
2009: Segil Fine Art, Small Works (juried) Monrovia CA
2009: Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Small Wonders, Annapolis MD, Juror Al Miner, Hirshhorn Museum
2009: Ciao Gallery, Interpretation of the Landscape (juried) Jackson, WY
2009: Redlands Art Association, "Multi Media Mini Show" (Juried) Redlands CA
2009: Jack's Fine Art, "Spring Show" Beaumont CA
2008: Edward-Dean Museum Miniature Festival
2008: Oil Painters of America, Western Region, Devin Galleries, Coeur d'Alene ID
2008: National Orange Show All-California Juried Art Exhibition, San Bernardino CA
2008: Redlands Art Association, "Multi Media Mini Show" (juried), Redlands CA
2007: Jack's Fine Art, "Small Paintings" Beaumont CA
2007: Jack's Fine Art, Yvonne Branchflower and Sara Parker Paintings
2006: National Orange Show All-California Juried Art Exhibition, San Bernardino, CA
2006: Eos Gallery, recent works, Redlands CA
2005: Eos Gallery, California Paradise II (solo) Redlands CA
2005: California State University San Bernardino Alumni Exhibit, Coming Home
2004: California Art Club, Women's City Club of Pasadena, Images of Springtime
2003: Oil Painters of America, Western Region Small Paintings, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara CA
2003: Oil Painters of America, 12 Annual National Juried, Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery, Taos NM
2002: California Art Club Fall Exhibition, Women's City Club of Pasadena
2002: Eos Gallery, Redlands CA, California Paradise (solo)
2001: California Art Club, Women's City Club of Pasadena, Flowerscapes: Poems without Words
2001: San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands CA (juried)
36th Annual Open National Exhibition
35th Annual Open International Exhibition, Grumbacher Gold award
2000: Fine Arts Institute, "Art of San Bernardino County" SB Co. Museum, Honorable Mention
1999: Art in Public Places, Redlands CA
1984-91: Annual Exhibitions, Files Gallery, Big Bear Lake CA
B.A. Studio Art, California State University San Bernardino, 1988
Notable university and college professors include John Nava and John Baldessari.
Workshops with Matt Smith, John Budicin, Joe Anna Arnett, J. Chris Morel and other nationally known artists.
Mahonia, The Governor's Mansion for the Beautiful State of Oregon (one year)
Gilman Historic Ranch, County of Riverside CA
Dr. George Fischbeck, meteorologist
Redlands Community Hospital
Draftech, Banning CA
Burton Aviation, Sequim WA
"Thank you again for the workshop and the wonderful info and tips you gave me. I went home not only enjoying the time we had in the workshop, but feeling encouraged about the future in terms of developing my art. I loved your teaching, too, as you are nonjudgmental and fair."
"I'm excited to have TWO such beautiful works of art in my home to enjoy every day."
--K. Le Blanc
"Thank you for the lovely website tour of your wonderful art. We adore our FIVE beautiful paintings, each one a delight and pleasure the year 'round....The peace in your paintings, the joy of place and time, sets down for others things they cannot hear for themselves sometimes, until someone shows them.... "
--Judy Gunstream Onken
"I am so proud to say that I now own a 'Branchflower' painting. I love it so much--have always wanted one."