Born in Rome and now based in Novara, Italy, most of Yasmine’s early memories are of painting and pony rides; she sat on a horse’s back before she knew how to walk. Experiencing various cultures was a regular part of her youth, along with meeting equines ranging from racehorses at the Służewiec Racetrack in Poland to the working horses and donkeys in the bustling city of Cairo in Egypt.
She did not attend art school, but did complete two distance learning courses on art history with the London Art College in the UK, studying under tutor Stewart Roberts. Learning the craft has come by means of trial-and-error, advice given by practicing artists, and books — her all-time favourite being “Animal Painting and Anatomy” by William Frank Calderon.
She works mainly in graphite, watercolour, and acrylics, favouring delicate lines and a limited colour palette, and considers Leonardo da Vinci, George Stubbs, Rosa Bonheur and Beatrix Potter — among others — as her greatest influences. Exhibiting both locally and internationally, she has artwork in private collections in Italy, the UK, the USA, and Australia.
Her interests include horse riding, photography, natural history, and behavioural sciences.