Yvonne Maximchuk was raised in the Lower Mainland where she graduated from Douglas College with an Associate of Arts degree. She now lives with her husband, Albert Munro, and their new kitty, in the home, studio and art retreat they built on the shore of Gilford Island near Echo Bay. When she is not painting or working with clay she explores the beauty and mystery of the islands and inlets in her 16-foot speedboat the Sea Rose. She often ties her boat to bull kelp to hold it in position while she paints on location. Yvonne co-wrote Full Moon, Flood Tide, published by Harbour Publishing in 2003.