Yvette’s primary research interests are based in the burgeoning area of scholarly study known as human-animal studies (HAS). She has been actively involved in animal advocacy since the mid 1980s, and her artwork is heavily informed by her activism and her interest in the changing nature of human-animal relations. Her research also reflects an interest in the relationship between how nonhuman animals are depicted and what this might have to say about how these animals are thought about and treated. Related to this is an interest in the role that art can play in engaging the viewer with social and/or political issues. Yvette is a committee member of the Australian Animal Studies Group and the UTAS Animals and Society Study Group.
Yvette has been lecturing at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter St since 1999, primarily in the painting department. She currently teaches painting at all levels from undergraduate through to postgraduate.
Yvette completed a Bachelor of Education (Art) at Curtin University, Perth WA, in 1984. She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in 2003 and a PhD in fine art in 2009, both of which were undertaken at the Tasmanian School of Art.
Yvette has held numerous solo exhibitions and has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards. Her work is held in a many public and private collections including Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank and the Art Gallery of WA.