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Anita Yeh of Yeh for Art!

With an affinity for helping people, a passion for art, and a traveler’s soul, Anita Yeh infuses a plethora of experience in her business, Yeh for Art!. A decorative artist for over twenty years, she began her entry into her current field with a background in art therapy. “When I was twenty years old years old I renovated an 1860 apartment flat with a boyfriend. We were doing decorative and faux finishes without calling it that or knowing it was a possible career track. It was just fun. We did textures and thinned out paints on walls. Then I dated a professional faux finisher, helped him on some projects, and I still did not think of that as a career,” said Anita. It wasn’t until she moved to Chicago and started working for a decorative painter while getting her masters in art therapy that she envisioned the possibility.

Based out of Berthoud, Colorado, Anita travels in approximately a hundred mile radius to clients in many cities including Castle Rock and Denver. She enjoys creating an oasis for her clients, through highlighting cherished items, mirroring exotic locations, or crafting custom designs. Throughout the process of her work, her art therapy training continues to play an intricate role. “What my art therapy background does is help me ask the right questions, get into my client’s mind, and help to see what they are visualizing.” While the base of her business keeps her tethered to Colorado, much of her volunteer work sets her spirit free to travel. While she is visiting other countries, encouraging and aiding in artistic expression, she also benefits in added enrichment, as do her clients.

Anita volunteers close to home and out of state. Both are rewarding. She volunteers at Wildfire Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization based out of Berthoud, Colorado. “I figured out a way to stay involved in a therapeutic art environment and do mural projects with kids,” said Anita. Most of the work she does centers around children, and a number of women participate. “Open studio is open every Saturday. It’s an art studio provided to the community to work on art projects of their choice. It’s not art lessons; it is a free creative time in an art studio that runs year round. The main age is four to fifteen years old and women as well. The mural projects are a summer camp that is run three weeks long for kids ages ten to eighteen that participate through the same organization. The focus is working on the mural and is much more task and goal oriented.”

Approximately eight weeks out of the year Anita travels to Mexico for volunteer work. “Each winter I go to Mexico and volunteer at an orphanage and do mural projects and painting studios for the kids. That’s a completely Spanish speaking community. When I started with them I did not speak any Spanish but there wasn’t a problem communicating because it’s art. Now I can speak a little Spanish at about a second grade level thanks to my teachers,” said Anita.

With each open studio and mural project, Anita hopes those she works with grow and gain from their artistic experiences. Some of her favorite projects are the murals, whether local or in Mexico. “My goal is the same thing, to give kids the opportunity to create something bigger than themselves so they can realize or understand that they can go out into the world and do the same in a figurative sense. In 2011, I did my second mural project. Two of the girls who worked on that mural project in the states went on two years later to create a mural project in their high school with their friends. I didn’t even know they did this until a year and a half later. Now, one of these girls is in Italy studying ballet, she set a very big goal for herself and is there. I like to hope that participating in something like the mural project has played some role like the big goals she set for herself.”

Volunteering feeds Anita’s art therapy background, her need to help others, and recharges her spirit. With a thriving decorative art business, she also stays current with the changing trends and products through classes and conferences. “I went to the IDAL conferences in the last two years and took private classes as well as regular classes around the country,” said Anita.

A private class lends customization to tailor sample designs to specific client or business needs. “I’ve done private lessons with Kathy Carroll. It was an amazing experience, totally changed my game as far as the finishes I learned with her. It was through her I learned about the Proceed product line. The private classes allow you to individualize and customize your portfolio to sell. Kathy and Sue are patient and allow you to learn at the pace you’re comfortable learning at. Tons of post class support. What I find to be so valuable was they helped me to find out what product I needed with a finish for a job, especially when I was doing a finish for the first time.”

Anita’s eye for artistic expression and art therapy training has given not only her a wealth of success, but those she comes into contact with. “I think the most gratifying thing is the expression of transformation. I see in my clients or the kids and the families that I work with, whether you are involved in it hands-on or envisioning or directing it, the process of artwork is transformative.”

There are many favorite projects for Anita to draw from, too many. Sifting through them one customized project swiftly came to mind. “One of the projects I did a couple of years ago, her keys words to me were ‘I like dirt.’ So it was how to create a beautiful environment based on ‘I like dirt.’ And she also liked bling. How do you put dirt and bling together? It was a challenge and the timeframe was not huge. But it worked out well as we are still in contact to this day. The overall look was definitely earthy and comfortable with some bling in there. We did not shy away from shiny or glitzy with the parameters of dirt. I respond well when a client gives me specific limitations but then opens everything up within those limitations.”

Each project that Anita brings up, a common factor among them was the entirety of the projects. Not one to shy away from a challenge, she accepts them head on, and with flourish. “Some of my favorite projects are whole house jobs. I like the challenge that it puts before me of things like timing, deadlines, coordinating the finishes, creating a cohesive look, and transforming the entire environment for the house. For me, I get more satisfaction out of that than I do than just working on one space.”

Travel, something that will always be a factor in Anita’s life, happened to have aspects woven in the design of another one of her client’s preferences. “Another favorite was a project early on. I worked on this house for over a period of seven years and the reason I like this project so much was because the focus of the look was based on India. It was a place that spoke to me. We both responded to it personally. Some of the things that we worked on were so specific and ongoing, and because we worked together over a period of seven years, we really got to know each other well. She had a lot material, cloth and fabric, and artifacts from India. It was creating an environment to make those items stand out, to evoke a feel of being in that world, in a mountain home in Colorado.”

What are Anita’s plans for her future? “I want to increase the amount of stuff that I am doing for the mural projects in Mexico, not necessary with that one, but in those environments. I see how kids blossom and utilize that experience and I want to keep providing and making that possible. I like the path that my business is on. I’m constantly taking classes and working with my business coach to refine the way that I run my business, both with improving on-the-wall and at-the-desk skills. Doing this work is something that gives me a lot of gratification.”

To learn more about Anita Yeh or Yeh for Art! please call 720.841.2770 or visit www.yeh4art.com

 


 

 

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