I am an expressive artist and mental health advocate based in South Africa. Painting for me is more than just a way to make money. My business journey started off as a therapy suggested by my psychologist. She asked me to attend a few art classes after my third major depression episode. 

Since then it evolved into much more! Yes, I still use it as an outlet, but I have embraced the healing it provides and that even though I live with mental illness, I am still empowered. 

Welcome to my corner where I showcase my bold, impressionist works of art and where I share bits of my mental health journey too. 

Every bit of paint I spread on canvas is guaranteed to represent every fibre of my being! 

Step into your light


The works bellow are a selection of the most popular I have created and of course include my personal favourites. They say that the only time one wastes paint, is if you leave it in the tube. As a testament to that, I often keep empty tubes. I keep it to remind myself I tried. I remind myself that I am growing.

Welcome to the front row seat of my exciting journey as an artist thriving in South Africa!   


That First Date - Oil -Y Hess - sunset oil painting

Painting of Protea - Two for you - Art by Yvette Hess

Oil paintings of a black cat. What a nap. 2018. Y Hess Oil paintings of a black cat. Bath Time. 2018. Y Hess Oil paintings of a black cat. Bath Time. 2018. Y Hess Oil paintings of a black cat. Momentarily Purr-fect. 2018. Y Hess Yellow Rose commission oil painting Retake Y Hess

She's Empty oil painting

There's a cat on my stoep oil painting - oil paintings of cats

Can art help with depression - Full view

Commissioned oil paintings Y Hess Emily's children Commissioned oil paintings Y Hess Celeste Stewart Commissioned oil paintings Y Hess Ladybird Commissioned oil paintings Y Hess Final image



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My core business is creating art but I am passionate about mental health and well-being. I write about my personal experiences and explore the wonders and not-so-hot times in parenthood as well. 

"I first met Yvette during our times at UCT. She had started her studies a couple of years before me so was one of the leaders who welcomed the EDU freshers in their first weeks at the university. That grew to working together in the student society, EDUSO, where she was my chairperson and, beyond that, we became close friends, almost siblings by now. In the time that I've known her, she has been a voice for humanity at its core: moments of vulnerability, moments of strength, triumph and obstacles. I have watched her navigate the most difficult curves balls that life has thrown her way and she has always come out stronger and smiling wider in the end. Anybody who has been affected/impacted by any form of mental illness in their life knows that this is not easy at all. She loves with her entire heart and that is something that I appreciate her the most for. My leader, sister and hero..."
Buhle Bongo Testimonial
Buhle Bongo Majokweni
Past Student Leader - UCT

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