Trace Yeomans

Northwest Coast Native Artist Trace Yeomans from Haida Nation

Haida Nation

Trace Yeomans was born on Haida Gwaii to a Haida mother and a Ukrainian father. She has been an artist for most of her life, prompting her to pursue this passion throughout high school, and to acquire post-secondary training. Her passion has always been painting but she is also known for her beautiful Dance Regalia with appliqued Haida designs and fabric art techniques, some of which are displayed in museums around the world.

Trace has frequently worked with her husband, Don Yeomans, combining their respective skills to create unique and critically acclaimed artwork, examples of which can be seen in her fabric art and paintings. She has also worked alongside him painting and carving on several totem pole commissions, including the monumental poles in the rotunda of the Vancouver International Airport. Trace has explored many mediums during her art career but always circles back to her first love – oil painting.

Trace and Don have passed down their creative skills to their children, Kyran and Crystal. Both of their children are now independent artists, recognized in their own right. Their son for his film work and their daughter for her fashion design.

For more details on her Exhibitions, Public Commissions and Permanent Collection, please contact us directly.

Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)

Present Works

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  • Empty Nest

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$6,000.00

    Oil paint on Canvas

    2022

    Unframed

    “I started painting this piece a few years ago. The idea came to me while I was sitting and thinking about how quiet it was the day after my youngest child left home. I felt a bit lost.

    It was the first of many paintings I did that year. There are many hours of intricate twig detail but at the time, I was relieved to focus my attention on painting rather than being sad and missing my kids. This was one of the most time-consuming oil paintings I have ever attempted and took the longest to complete. Through it, I felt I regained my freedom to be creative and found myself in my art again.

    The nest sits empty with complex twigs intertwining with each other. They represent all that I am as a mother intertwined with hope, worry, pride, sadness, and happiness for my kids. I’ve added a ghostly white Haida Raven overlooking the empty nest to represent myself.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Empty Nest

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$1,200.00

    Lithograph, Edition of 25

    2022

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

    “I started painting this piece a few years ago. The idea came to me while I was sitting and thinking about how quiet it was the day after my youngest child left home. I felt a bit lost.

    It was the first of many paintings I did that year. There are many hours of intricate twig detail but at the time, I was relieved to focus my attention on painting rather than being sad and missing my kids. This was one of the most time-consuming oil paintings I have ever attempted and took the longest to complete. Through it, I felt I regained my freedom to be creative and found myself in my art again.

    The nest sits empty with complex twigs intertwining with each other. They represent all that I am as a mother intertwined with hope, worry, pride, sadness, and happiness for my kids. I’ve added a ghostly white Haida Raven overlooking the empty nest to represent myself.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Ukrainian Raven

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$4,500.00

    Oil paint on Canvas

    Unframed

    “The title symbolizes my Haida crest and my Ukrainian heritage. I wanted to show that they are all Raven eggs in the nest, but one looks different. This idea parallels with my life growing up in a village looking white, not fitting in, and standing out.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Raven’s Tail Chilkat Miniature Apron / Mask

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$2,500.00

    Ultrasuede, String

    7 x 8.5″ (mask only)

    14 x 14 x 4.25 (with display case)

    I wanted to create a piece that was emblematic of this time. Something [that was] meaningful to me and that would represent my culture. I wanted to keep the traditional aspect intact, so I made the mask resemble a miniature dance apron. Although these masks are strictly decorative, I have added ties so they can be put on the face for photos to represent that they are masks.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Bear Miniature Dance Apron / Mask

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$2,500.00

    Ultrasuede, String

    7 x 9″ (mask only)

    14 x 14 x 4.25” (with display case)

    I wanted to create a piece that was emblematic of this time. Something [that was] meaningful to me and that would represent my culture. I wanted to keep the traditional aspect intact, so I made the mask resemble a miniature dance apron. Although these masks are strictly decorative, I have added ties so they can be put on the face for photos to represent that they are masks.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Raven Paddle

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$6,000.00

    Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    I had never painted a paddle before this one. I wanted to try something that was bold, modern, and eye-catching, but still traditional in the Haida design sense, so I chose black and red that together reads a bit electric.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Eagles with Salmon Toilet Paper Dispenser

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$7,000.00

    Ultrasuede, Douglas Fir wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    25.5 x 6 x 11.25″ (rolled, including stand)

    144 x 4″ (unfurled, without stand)

    This was a piece that came to mind during the ‘toilet paper panic’ during the early stages of this pandemic. I thought it was peculiar that people were lined up and panicked about buying toilet paper, sanitizer, and masks rather than food and water. I wanted to create a modern looking, free standing art piece that – like the masks I created – would be emblematic of the times we are in, but would also hold the traditional aspects of my culture…I felt that this piece would be something that the whole world could relate to and understand, even if they know nothing about Haida art.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Ukrainian Hummingbird Paddle

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$7,000.00

    Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    “For this [paddle], I wanted to do something very unique and original. I decided to combine both my ethnic origins, using a traditional Haida-style design for the Hummingbird, with intertwining flowers on the black background. I borrowed this idea from Ukrainian Easter eggs, which have black backgrounds and brightly coloured designs or flowers.” – Trace Yeomans

  • Moon Woman Mask [Edition 3]

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$8,000.00

    Cast Forton

    Hand painted on board, Acrylic paint

    Framed

    Limited edition 3 of 12

    11.5 x 11.5 x 4″ (Mask only)
    21 x 21 x 4.5″ (Framed)

     

     

  • Moon Woman Mask [Edition 4]

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$8,000.00

    Cast Forton

    Hand painted on board, Acrylic paint

    Framed

    Limited edition 4 of 12

    11.5 x 11.5 x 4″ (Mask only)
    21 x 21 x 4.5″ (Framed)

     

     

  • Moon Woman Mask [Edition 5]

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$8,000.00

    Cast Forton

    Hand painted on board, Acrylic paint

    Framed

    Limited edition 5 of 12

    11.5 x 11.5 x 4″ (Mask only)
    21 x 21 x 4.5″ (Framed)

     

     

  • Full Moon

    Trace Yeomans

    CA$3,000.00

    Oil paint on Canvas

    2021

    Framed

    I love painting with oils, but have done less over the years, as it causes lung issues with me. I’ll only paint one or two oil paintings a year now. When I set out to paint this moon, I had in mind the idea to paint him as a Full Moon (heavy-set) with attitude, as if he were ‘full’ of himself, so he looks a bit smug.” – Trace Yeomans

Past Works

The artist’s Past Works at our Gallery have now sold; however, a custom order may be possible if the artist is available and accepting commissions.