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Yanny Petters

Yanny Petters has been painting exquisitely detailed studies of wild plants for the past 20 years, all of which from life.

Fascinated by colour, form and detail, her love and interest in botanical art stemmed from her work as a signwriter where plant themes were common in decorative design and the work included Trompe l'oeil techniques. As well as working in oils and watercolours Yanny also specialises in 'painting on glass (or "Verre Églomisé'), a technique she has been developing since her signwriting years when she came across it through doing decorative pub mirrors and panels. The technique was explored by the Blue Rider group of artists in the 1920s who turned what had been a folk art into fine art. Indeed, artists of the calibre of Kandinsky, Marc, Klee and Münter produced glass paintings. Nowadays, there are very few artists using the technique as a fine art.

The technique of Verre Églomisé (also known as Backpainting on glass, Reverse painting on glass, Hinterglasmalerei or Glomyized glass) involves painting on the back of glass using opaque colours and sometimes goldleaf. This means that the details and highlights of the painting must be applied first. Decorative mirrors are produced in a similar fashion, either by removing the silvering in the areas to be painted or in masking off the design before the glass is silvered.

In the past, the paint used by artists was a mixture of ground pigment, linseed oil and varnish. The colour range was very limited being mainly white, black, ochre, brick red, olive green, brown and gold. The colour was applied pure and flat, without mixing colours. Black or brown was used to outline the design and the rest of the colours were used to fill in the shapes.

Today, special paints in strong, lightfast colours have been developed for the signwriting trade. Yanny uses these paints when working on glass.Yanny also engraves the glass giving the artwork a soft line and sparkle.

A number of her ‘Glass Paintings’ are in the Wicklow Mountains National Park headquarters and in the Connemara National Park Visitors Centre. Yanny is a member of The Watercolour Society of Ireland, The Irish Society of Botanical Artists, Visual Artists Ireland, Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, Signal Arts Centre Society and Dublin Naturalists Field Club.

'Poppies', verre églomisé, 42x39cm

'Poppies', verre églomisé with
gold leaf, 21x15 cm
(panel 42x39 cm)

Yanny Petters

Born Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow 1961

Education
1982

'Yellow Flag', (Iris pseudacorus), oil on board, 1

'Yellow Flag', (Iris pseudacorus)
oil on board, 130x90cm, OPW
collection (Botanical Gardens
Dublin)

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