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Yvette Moore Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights

Born in Radville, Saskatchewan, Canada; children: Tyler, Rynette, Chantelle, Sarah.


Office—c/o Yvette Moore Fine Art Gallery, 76 Fairford St. West, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada S6H 1V1.


Artist, illustrator, and gallery owner. Yvette Moore Fine Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, owner. Worked as a director of Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce, Moose Jaw Tourism Board and Building Committee, and Arts in Motion; board member, Moose Jaw Heritage advisory board; Member, Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council.

Honors Awards

Mr. Christie Award for outstanding achievement in illustration, 1992, for A Prairie Alphabet; named Citizen of the Year, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 2000; Moose Jaw YM/YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Enhancement, 2000.



Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, A Prairie Alphabet, Tundra Books (Plattsburgh, NY), 1992.

Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, A Prairie Year, Tundra Books (Plattsburgh, NY), 1994.

Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, Heartland: A Prairie Sampler, Tundra Books (Plattsburgh, NY), 2002.


Canadian artist and gallery owner Yvette Moore developed a love of the prairies while growing up on her family farm in Radville, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her passion for the Canadian grasslands comes though in her detailed acrylic paintings, as well as in her illustrations for the books A Prairie Alphabet, A Prairie Year, and Heartland: A Prairie Sampler, all written by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet. Praising Heartland as "stunning," School Library Journal contributor Susan Marie Pitard added that Moore's "vividly detailed paintings" contribute "immediacy and a touch of poetry" to Bannatyne-Cugnet's text. Praising A Prairie Year as "decidedly up-beat," Booklist contributor Hazel Rochman added that Moore's "realistic painting" is "richly detailed in fine line and watercolors."

Moore has also established the Yvette Moore Fine Art Gallery in her hometown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and has developed it into a successful family enterprise with the help of her four children. As she stated on her gallery Web site: "I want my art to do so many things, but most important of all, I want my art to be a document—a document of where we came from and where we are. So much of the simpler things in life no longer exist. By painting what I am most familiar with—children, the prairies, and architecture—I can combine authenticity and consistent integrity in all my works."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, January 1, 2003, Carolyn Phelan, review of Heartland: A Prairie Sampler, p. 872; January 15, 1995, Hazel Rochman, review of A Prairie Year, p. 914.

Horn Book, January-February, 1993, Sarah Ellis, review of A Prairie Alphabet, p. 112.

Publishers Weekly, October 26, 1992, review of A Prairie Alphabet, p. 68.

Resource Links, October, 2002, Stephanie Olson, review of Heartland: A Prairie Sampler, p. 19.

School Library Journal, May, 1993, Lucinda Lockwood, review of A Prairie Alphabet, p. 93; February, 1995, Lucinda Lockwood, review of A Prairie Year, p. 104; April, 2003, Susan Marie Pitard, review of Heartland: A Prairie Sampler, p. 172.


Yvette Moore Gallery Web site, http://www.yvettemoore.com/ (June 1, 2004).*

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