Yvette Molina approaches her paintings with the precision and curiosity of an 18th century botanist, training her eye on both the cultivated and the spontaneous, improbable eruptions of plant life she encounters in her surrounding urban environment. Molina’s “portraits” of various plants and flowers come primarily from her own garden and immediate neighborhood in Oakland, California, where she lives and works.
Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Molina studied painting at the University of Dayton, Ohio, the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design, Norfolk, England, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Angers, France. She is a full-time artist. Her work is held in many private collections throughout the United States and Europe.