These detailed abstract labors of love are large in scale and bold in nature. Treks to visit Roberto Burle Marx, at his sitio, an hour South of Rio, inspired Debra to bring her abstract paintings into the landscapes she designs. Site-specific, each work is designed to be a focal point in and harmonize with their surroundings. Yates designs the pools, fountains and gardens that complete the outdoor settings. The mosaic “paintings” are installed by the artist, tiles broken with a hammer piece by piece. Custom fabricated patina copper sections are often added to the compositions which add texture. Yates has been creating exterior “garden compositions” since 1986.
Photographs by Barry Fitzgerald