Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is an internationally exhibited and published artist and author who lives and works from a home and studio on Oregon’s shore of The Columbia River.
Both of her books, “Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lesson Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait,” and “Babe in the Woods: Building a Life One Log at a Time,” are available in print, digital and audio formats and have been the focus of film, television and radio interviews across the country, including Rick Steves NPR program, in addition to being reviewed in print and electronic media and incorporated into college curriculum. In 2018 “Yours in Sisterhood,” a documentary, premiering at the Berlineal, included an interview with Yvonne at her log cabin with filmmaker Irene Lusztig.
Babe in the Woods: Self Portrait is the second in a three-book series centered on living alone in a wilderness log cabin Yvonne built at age 18. It is a story of her relationship with woodsy things in a place of risk and isolation. Over four decades later the log walls and the author show signs of weathering but both remain rooted in a place of peace, quiet, beauty and repose.