Lynette Yencho Self portrait can be seen at the Owatonna Arts Center

I am Lynette, who started freelancing in 1982 after my place of employment, Minneapolis Star newspaper folded and merged with the Tribune. When I worked there, my favorite thing to do was Illustrate human interest stories so it was natural to direct my talents to magazines and publishers. At that time I thought I was a seasoned illustrator!


First logo for GardenStudio

Little did I know the journey I would go on. Upon mailing out mini-portfolios landed me work with collectible companies, photo studios, foundries, entrepreneurs, theatres, tourist companies, and even a few publishers. Collectible companies were my main clients and I enjoyed creating all their flowers and birds. I found myself living on the North Shore of Lake Superior, 10 miles north of Duluth, and built a studio with a garden. I called it GardenStudio.


Eventually, I moved back to southern Minnesota for several reasons. GardenStudio is now housed in Fiddlehead, a house built in 1880. My painting and drawing tables are upstairs and my husband’s photography is on the first floor. Semi-retired, I do take up commissions once in a while, but I really just like to do what pleases me. I love to paint animals and play with new techniques.


I sell my work online and you can get my images printed on all kinds of swag at Redbubble, Society6, and FineArtAmerica. If you like to sew, I design fabric repeats at Spoonflower. If you are a rummager and looking for a bargain, you might enjoy the GarageSale Things that might be old, slightly damaged, or I just want to get rid of, drawings, layouts, stuff. And don’t forget I have a website for just prints and framing, LYNETTEYENCHO.COM. If you like cartoons, please go see my strip, FiddleheadTimes

This is my inspiration, the Fiddlehead Forest