"I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it." - author William Faulkner
As an artist, in printmaking, watercolor and oil, I am similarly convinced that I will never tire of my immediate environment. The more familiar I become with the Washington DC area, the stronger I feel the need to make it a focus of my art work. I have long had a fondness for views in the Georgetown area, and have painted all of its bridges, and held an exhibition, “Potomac Bridges”, at the The Art League in Alexandria, VA in 1990. I have also painted and made prints of Georgetown’s cobbled streets and the canal.
Yolanda Frederikse is a printmaker and painter, known for her printmaking, watercolor and oil scenes of the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area, as well as many other parts of the US and the world. Her printmaking includes monotypes, linocuts and stone lithographs. Frederikse has shown her work regularly in solo exhibitions in the Washington DC area. Her most recent show was “Before and After the Derecho” at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in late 2012. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the country and internationally, and she recently won First Prize in the 2013 Signature Members Show of the Baltimore Watercolor Society at the Friendship Heights Gallery in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her unique monotype printmaking technique is described in detail with photos in Monotype Mediums and Methods for Painterly Printmaking (Julia Ayres, 1991).
Frederikse’s prints and paintings are represented in many private and permanent collections, including Georgetown University, the Museum of Women in the Arts, and the DC Commission for Arts and Humanities Permanent Collection in Washington DC; the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; and Mary Jefferson Hospital, Richmond, VA.
Frederikse has painted internationally in Italy, Holland, UK, Bali, Mexico and South Africa, and has led workshops in Portugal. She has exhibited throughout the US and in Shanghai, New Delhi, Cairo and St Petersburg.
She is an accomplished watercolorist and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society since 1984. She has exhibited with the American Watercolor Society and received its Travel Award. She was juried into the Washington Society of Landscape Painters in 2000. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for measured drawings of 18th century structures in Maryland in 1976.
Frederikse received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and a subsequent Honorary Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from the University of Illinois. She was awarded a Masters in Fine Art from The American University in Washington, D.C. and has taught Fine Art at university level.