Yvonne Jacquette was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent her youth in Stamford, Connecticut. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, from 1952 until 1956, before moving to New York City. She currently lives and works in New York and Searsmont, Maine. In 2007 The Museum of the City of New York hosted a retrospective of her work, which is also held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Staatliche Museum, Berlin, Germany; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Aerial perspectives of cityscapes and rural vistas are distinctive to Jacquette’s work, which begins with direct studies made with pastel on paper from jet airplanes, city high-rises, or from rented single-engine planes.