My name is Yvette Haberlein, the artist behind Frances Yvette Art.
I started out as a watercolor pet portrait artist (see my commissions page), and have now expanded to using acrylics for landscapes. Most of my landscape paintings showcase Northern Michigan scenes, mostly around Traverse City.
My art can be best described as impressionist. I love using bold colors in my paintings and sometimes use ink for some watercolor paintings.
Originally from the Philippines, I have always been interested in art and travel. Our art club director always entered me into competitions when I was in elementary and high school. Needless to say, he was very disappointed when I decided not to pursue art when I graduated. I was a victim of the words "There is no money in art." I have since held different jobs, from customer service, to healthcare, to education. I finally met my husband David while we were both working as teachers in China. David is from Traverse City, Michigan.
We love hiking around Traverse City! Here we are at the Empire Bluff Trail.
Luckily I was able to have some free time while I was pregnant with my second child, Zoey. I wasn't working so I spent my time battling homesickness with a new hobby, watercolor painting. I didn't even take it very seriously until we moved to Traverse City and I fell in-love with the landscape. It was only a matter of time. I had to paint it! Pretty soon I was obsessed with honing my craft, reading books, signing up for online classes, learning about art history and just learning everything I could to improve my skills.
So, here I am, once again, chasing my dreams of becoming a full-time artist. I'm inviting you to be a part of my art journey. I'm just getting started!
-Yvette Haberlein, Artist
The old barn behind the my husband's childhood home in Interlochen. I painted this as a tribute to my late father in-law who I always wish I could've met.