Yvonne Sangster, daughter of draftswoman and illustrator Doris Wright, inherited her mother’s talent and love for art. Her earliest and most fond memories consist of sitting on her mother’s lap and watching her draw. Yvonne says, “Drawing has always come naturally to me. Art has been an important part of my life since I was a small child.”
After graduating from El Monte High School in California, Yvonne moved back to her hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and began her education at Amarillo College. While attending college, she met and married Don Sangster of Texhoma. In 1977, the first of Yvonne’s four children was born, and she felt it was time to put her art career on hold in order to make her family her first priority. Yvonne began her re-introduction into art in 1984 when she took her first of many pastel workshops under the renowned artist, Ben Konis. Since that first workshop, she has studied approximately 350 hours under Mr. Konis. After many successful exhibits, encouragement from Mr. Konis, loving support from her family, and with her faith in God, Yvonne found the confidence to return to school in order to achieve her degree in art.
Mrs. Sangster lives only 17 miles from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. When she discovered Bryon Test was the head of the Art Department, she enrolled in classes and began school in the fall semester of 1999. As an avid admirer of Bryon Test’s work, Yvonne knew her education under him would not only be adequate, but exceptional. She graduated cum laude in May of 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and in May of 2007 she received a Master of Art Degree from West Texas A&M University. Yvonne is currently employed at Oklahoma Panhandle State University as an Instructor of Art.
The Wild Horse Gallery in Guymon, Oklahoma, the Mac Creed Gallery in Bennett Springs, Missouri, and the Spirit Wind Gallery in Eagle Nest, New Mexico represents Mrs. Sangster’s works. She has participated in art shows has and won many awards including People’s Choice and the Ben Konis Memorial Award. Her works hang in homes and businesses in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, California, Florida and Poland. Yvonne is featured in the KAVC Public Television Station special called Ben Konis: The Artist’s Artist which first aired in August of 2010.