Abstract monotypes are my passion. Shibui (simple yet refined) is my goal. For me, a work that appears Shibui has elements which make you want to examine it, study it, to look again and again – to have some mystery and not reveal itself all at once. I work with simple forms, natural colors and controlled unevenness to create quiet richness and depth in my prints. Luminosity and the play of light are equally important. My imagery is influenced by extensive travels and my Japanese background.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ellen Yamada Tzvetin spent part of her childhood in the Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp in Idaho. She studied at the University of Washington and later worked for many years at a nationally-recognized architectural firm preparing visual materials. This eventually led her to explore printmaking as an expression of her creativity.
Yamada Tzvetin’s work has been exhibited extensively in Northern California and her prints are included in private and corporate art collections. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers, the Achenbach Graphics Arts Council, San Francisco, and the Asian American Women Artists Association.