Alyssa Ytterberg

I am an abstract painter who lives in St. Louis with my husband and three little boys. I am a full-time artist and full-time stay at home momma, so I guess the reality is that I am a nap-time and bed-time artist at this stage in life! My degree is actually in Sculpture (from WashU here in St. Louis) which I still dabble in every now and then, but my work currently focuses on abstracted landscape and nature paintings.

My current body of work focuses on abstract, minimalist landscapes. I break down images of nature into their simpler forms and colors in order to help us to see the world around us in a new light.

I start by taking a landscape photograph from a trip or hike or other excursion. I then pull out the colors and basic shapes from the photograph to create an abstracted version of the landscape. My paintings require a lot of tape, numerous layers of paint, and a methodical working practice. My favorite part of the art-making process is getting to stand back and see the finished landscape coming through in the simple shapes and forms.