Creative and edgy, but with a soft spot; not only does this description fit Yvette Arteaga’s view of her contemporary and abstract art work, but she feels it describes herself as well. Yvette believes art is her form of communication, and a piece of her can be found in all of her paintings. A self-taught artists, Yvette considers herself very fortunate to have had several mentors – first, her father and then a high school teacher, who recognized her talent and encouraged her to pursue her dream. Yvette has also been influenced by Keith Harring’s work. She found his simple idea of graffiti art very appealing. Jean-Michel Basquiat, with his bold works, is another artist she admires.