Yvette Lucas is a photographer and printmaker who finds her primary inspiration in nature. Her formal training culminated with a BFA from The Cooper Union, in NYC and was supplemented by additional studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts, NJ and The School of Visual Arts, NYC. In recent years, Yvette has explored new media and techniques, embracing various forms of printmaking, pastel and drawing. Her work as a photographer spans several decades, during which she has had extensive experience with traditional and custom darkroom printing. Combined with significant work in commercial and fine art digital prepress Yvette is an uncompromising technician when it comes to the quality and execution of her final prints.
Lucas has participated in solo and regional juried exhibitions in many venues, including the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT); the Ben Shahn Galleries at William Paterson University (Patterson, NJ); The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Art Space 129, Brassworks Gallery, Imlay Fine Art Gallery, Virginia S. Block Gallery, Watchung Arts Center, Frameworks Gallery (Dumbo), Haddad Lascano Gallery (MA), Naoussa Gallery & Sculpture Garden (MA) and Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Massachusetts.
Over the years, Lucas has been fascinated by the work of nature and street/documentary photographers
alike; especially inspiring were Larry Fink, Helen Levitt, and John Sexton. Her series “Tree Portraits” are
photographs taken of the forests, parks and reservations located primarily in NJ or Berkshire County, MA. In them she perceives a sense of personal place, history, and individual character.When focusing on particular scenes - trees, rocks, and bodies of water - Yvette aims to give the viewer a connection to the landscape which is specific, imbued with feeling and meaning, and that elicits each setting’s personality. Every image is named based both on the character of the place it depicts, and the effect of the environment on the subject. The series will continue to develop as Yvette often revisits these sites in order to see their evolution over the course of time, deepening her relationship with landscapes and allowing her to further refine her vision.