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Yolanda Cotton Turner, a fine art printmaker in Oakland CA and community art instructor.


Yolanda Cotton Turner was born August of 1969 and travelled about the U.S. in a 1970 Volkswagen van with her father and sister before landing in her hometown of Oakland, California in 1978. She began pencil drawing as a child after becoming inspired by finding her mother’s sketches and won art awards at St. Patrick’s Elementary School (1978-1984). At Holy Names High School (1984-1988), her focus moved to vocals & music theory, skills stemming from her fathers genes. She attended California State University, Hayward (1988) to study music but was introduced to lithography where she instantly fell in love with the laborious, mind-bending, and magnificently serendipitous processes of printmaking. Changing her major to Art Studio – Printmaking, she had the opportunity to study under the renowned Tamarind master Kenjilo Nanao and monoprint expert Linda Goodman. Married at the age of 25, she took a hiatus to parent 3 children. After her father in 1999, and husband in 2008, both passed away, she decided it was time to return to the healing medium of printmaking. In 2013, she found Bernadette Martinez at Artery Press who nurtured her re-acquaintance with the medium.

“Writing my story through my editions, printmaking from speechless places. … promoting peace & love within self & community” ~ Cotton-Turner

Yolanda’s current focus is monotypes & monoprints although in 2015 she used mostly relief processes, 2016 more serigraph, and 2017 she anticipates more intaglio. Experimental by nature, she keeps her methods fresh while her focus keeps the subject consistently on urban culture, the power of nature, and other social, spiritual, and environmental inspirations. Her images as well as their depth of meaning are often layered and printed on handmade paper, mulberry, or cotton rag, using plexiglass in addition to wood, lino, and nature itself as a printing plate. She personally executes all the steps involved in the printmaking process, from developing the image, gouging, inking, and pulling the print by hand from a Takach press. Yolanda chooses the antique technology of fine art printmaking to express the conflict she finds within contemporary issues, creating impressions that teaches a history as well as inspires connections that spiral peace and love within self and community.

Yolanda is currently teaching printmaking in Oakland & Alameda California and has shown at over 60 group shows/venues with 2 solo shows.


“Summer is my favorite season and Leo is my sign. I’m a free spirit, culture keeper, and creative soul…peace is my mantra.”

Yolanda Cotton Turner    Fine Art Prints by Yolanda Cotton Turner
My most recent work! And as you can clearly see, eye love making a spectacle!   This method of #printmaking is called #pochoir and it is Bernadette's #workshop titled Down Low, 2015 Woodcut, 5Down Low, 2015  Woodcut, 5Current Mood, 2015 Monotype, 5Wild Woman, 2015 Monotype, 5Out To Pasture, 2015 Chine Colle & Pochoir, 12Gender Pinball, 2015 Monoprint Yolanda Cotton TurnerRapture, 2015  Monoprint  Yolanda Cotton Turner  [Red Dot]Peaks & Valleys, 2015 Monoprint Yolanda Cotton TurnerSoul Beat, 2015 Lino, 6Oakland Scene, 2015 Linocut, 61/4 Pounder, 2015  Linocut, 6Esters, 2015   Linocut, 6Flints Oakland, 2015 Lino, 8uttie420:  Intercontental, 2015 Monoprint, 8Craft, 2015 Lino, 5Dandy Deviance, 2015 Monoprint, 5 x 7 Yolanda Cotton Turner _______________________ #fineart #art #prints #printmaking #monoprints #ArteryPress #printmakingsermons #PaSS #workshops #classes #Oakland #CAPortal, 2015 Drypoint on Monoprint, 5 x 7 Yolanda Cotton Turner [Red Dot] ______________________ #fineart #printmaking at #ArteryPress #PrintmakingSermons #PaSS inside #Jingletown #ArtStudios #JAS...“Ascend (v), 2015 Woodcut, 5 x 7 Yolanda Cotton Turner _______________________ #fineart #printmaking at #ArteryPress #PrintmakingSermons #PaSS inside #Jingletown #ArtStudios #JAS #Oakland #CA using...Ascend, 2015 Woodcut, 5 x 7 Yolanda Cotton Turner _______________________ #fineart #printmaking at #ArteryPress #PrintmakingSermons #PaSS inside #Jingletown #ArtStudios #JAS #Oakland #CA using...Wine Fire & Friends, 2014 Lino, 5x7 Yolanda Cotton Turner [Red Dot]Journey II, 2014 Lino, 5x7 Yolanda Cotton Turner [Red Dot]Hook Line & Sinker, 2014 Lino, 5x7 Yolanda Cotton Turner [Red Dot]Basically A Lure, 2014 Lino 5x7 Yolanda Cotton Turner [Red Dot]

We arrive through different pathways to become as one and to return an endless flow of creative life. We offer educational and explorative printmaking workshops to the Bay Area community, resources and support to local artists, and opportunities to humbly share our work with those who are open to be touched by it.

Because when we come together something greater is created!