She had the pleasure of taking drawing lessons from a respected tutor and artist, Mr Howard Tangye who was an enormous inspiration, enabling her to realise her abilities in drawing, through the purity of line, smooth and uninterrupted. Drawing forms the foundation of her work through which she observes, explores and understands the figure of a horse in movement.
Horses have been part of her Indian family background for generations. Her grandfather was a keen horseman and polo player whilst her father and mother both grew up with horses.
Yaheya loves to watch horses especially when they are free, having fun and also enjoys meeting clients who share a close bond with their horses. This is reflected in the mood and movement of the horse and that is when the magic happens for her. In their effervescent movements, as their bodies catch the light interspersed with shadows, Yaheya sees dazzling colours.
The work harmoniously marries three dimensional elements with those of linear shapes and bold lines that punctuate the muscle tension of the horse and capture it’s spontaneity, add to this layers and layers of vivid brilliant paint and the viewer is transported into Yaheya’s realm of personal fantasia, as the horse is seen through her eyes.
Yaheya’s paintings are a visual feast where her audacious colour palette does not shy away from sunset orange-reds, violet blues, deep pinks, turquoise and deep bottle green contrasted against silvery greys, creamy beige hues and porcelain white.
Her style is very definitely expressionistic but one is also reminded of Fauvism in her choice and application of colour, influenced by Mikhail Vrubel, Edmund Dulac, and her love of manga anime.
Yaheya explains she is on an adventurous journey where each new work presents challenges and rewards paving the way to new and exciting ideas to draw and paint.
Her equestrian work is collected in many countries worldwide, amongst them America, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, UAE and the UK.