Fueled by creative energy, Yvonne Maree Thomas-John has dedicated her life to enhancing the world through art and design. She started her career as a designer for Percy Thomas Real Estate, where she worked from 1960 to 1966. During that time frame, Ms. Thomas-John also completed stints as the owner and manager of Y.M. Boutique in Australia and as the owner and cosmetologist of Mayfair Salon. The latter role sparked an interest that compelled her to become a cosmetologist and artist at Bernard’s Hair Stylists between 1966 and 1967 and between 1973 and 1974, and a cosmetologist at Banks Beauty Salon between 1968 and 1969. In 1979, she decided to venture out on her own and opened Yvonne Maree Designs, and she hasn’t looked back since. The business has three locations, one each in Ventura, Calif., Olympia, Wash., and Shelton, Wash.
Beyond her businesses, Ms. Thomas-John has displayed her work through a variety of mediums over the years. She participated in group shows around the world, including the World Bank in Washington from 1996 to 1997, the Gallery Brindabella in Canada in 1996, the Hargus Unique Gallery in California in 1994, the Museum of Modern Art in France in 1993, and the Funding Center in Virginia in 1992. She was also featured in a one-woman show at the Royal Museum in Sydney, Australia, in 1954, and has authored many short stories and poems. Notably, her art is represented in permanent collections in the Royal Museum in Sydney, Australia, the O’Toole Collection in Melbourne, Australia, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, the Patterson Collection in Michigan, and the Ventura County General Hospital, among others.
Ms. Thomas-John prepared for her endeavors by studying at Buenaventura College in 1969 and the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1975, as well as by earning a certificate from the United Design Guild in 1975 and an Associate of Arts from the Interior Design Guild in 1976. She also maintained affiliation with the American Platform Association.
As a testament to her hard work and success, Ms. Thomas-John has received a number of accolades over the years. She was the first round winner for her painting in the Hathaway Competition in 1970, earned ribbons in county fairs in Australia in 1950, and won an award from Sydney Newspapers that same year. She was also honored with inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of the West, Who’s Who of the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
When Ms. Thomas-John has free time, she enjoys swimming, tennis, walking, reading, and music.