Park West Gallery artist Tim Yanke’s passion for the Southwest seems endless, and his artwork continues to evolve and captivate viewers.
An article by Dana Joseph in the January 2017 edition of “Cowboys & Indians” features an interview with Yanke. The story reveals the inspirations behind his Neo-West artwork and provides insight into his creative process.
Yanke’s artistic journey is a personal one, but one he shares with everyone who views one of his colorful works of art. Growing up, his family often took trips to the Southwest to visit his sister, who attended Northern Arizona University. Yanke recalls being mesmerized by the colors of the Southwest, whether it was the night sky, the clouds or the native artwork.
Sadly, in 1976, his sister died in a car accident while traveling home for the holidays. This left a lasting impression on Yanke, who began painting from the heart and incorporating Southwestern themes in his art. The process served as a catharsis and form of nostalgia.
As the article indicates, Yanke recently suffered injuries from an auto accident, requiring a long period of recuperation. Thankfully, the artist is in good health and is back in the studio with even more fervor after a rejuvenating trip to Santa Fe. Most recently, he finds himself creating artwork featuring vividly-colored wildlife.
“I’ve never considered myself a wildlife artist and still don’t, but lately I’ve been incorporating them almost like spirit animals,” Yanke says in the article.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the January 2017 edition of “Cowboys & Indians” to read the full article.
Q and A with Yanke
In addition to his profile in “Cowboys & Indians,” Yanke sat down with hometownlife.com for a Q and A session. Yanke talks about musical and artistic influences and how living in the Detroit area has impacted his artwork.
“Music and Detroit grit are present in all my work,” Yanke says in the article. “My iPad and satellite radio may be the most important tools in my studio. Born in Motown and surrounded by incredible music really drives the soul and passion of my paintings. The musical talent and automotive designs of this city is epic.”
For more information about Yanke, visit his new website.