We had the good fortune of connecting with Sally Yunker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sally, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
“Big Risk Big Reward”; thats what my high school economics teacher, Mr. Fredrick taught me. He would say it almost every class. And it stayed with me. As a young student I didn’t really understand what he meant. But as I’ve experienced life in many ways, I will have to say the best times and the most alive I have felt is when I have putting everything on the line for my dreams. God favors the BOLD. Another saying I picked up, not sure where it came from but its true. So taking risks is the only way I can live. I go for the unexpected path but always get the reward at the end. If I didn’t reach the success I had hoped I find reward in the lesson.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always seen myself as a renaissance woman. I have been interested in so many different things and therefore tried so many different mediums in art. I started with my mom, who is a watercolor artist and let me finger paint and draw all day as a child. As a kindergardener I knew I wanted to be an Artist as there is proof in drawing form! As I got older I became interested in fashion design and asked my mom to teach me how to sew. We made pajama pants with moons and a starry sky. In 7th grade I had an amazing drawing teacher that taught me so much about using light and dark and well as positive and negative space. In 8th grade I started studying the art of dance and the movement of the body with music. Then I continued with 3-dimensional art class freshman year of high school. This class had an amazing and unique teacher that helped change my perspective on art and life. By creating and visualizing in 3-dimensions you have to see things from all sides for a balanced piece. I am so grateful for the people and lessons I learned from this class. I continued learning throughout high school, then studied Studio Art at the University of California Riverside. I studied all types of art from figure drawing and oil painting to wood working and welding to graphic design and dance. As I think about going through these events and experiences of discipline and commitment, they were my passion, my interests and my calling. I now am a fashion designer, acrylic artist, dancer, model, and website owner of an online gallery of artists. I am beyond blessed for my life and my journey.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The beach is my favorite place. I love the ocean and the sand. You can go day or night and there’s always something to do. If my best friend from out of town is visiting I’ll take them to my favorite places to eat in OC like the Pie Shop in Costa Mesa and Cortina’s in Anaheim. Then we’d go for a hike somewhere along the coast or with a great view. If we are getting drinks I’d head down to Ole at Pacific City in HB, it’s got a fun vibe and a nice view of the waves.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Throughout my life there have been so many great people, I am blessed to have crossed passed with each person. As I look to specific people who have helped me in big ways I have to thank my family and friends. My children are seriously amazing and I am so grateful for their love. As mentors, my mom and dad have always supported me in the best way they can. As an artist and mom, time management has been crucial to me. Therefore I HAVE to thank my mom for her energetic speed and authentic creativity. My dad is the philosopher and always pours out wisdom. I have a big family and I am extremely lucky that each of my brothers and sisters have helped me in big ways throughout my life. I am blessed to say my friends are beyond incredible. I am honored to have Maddison as my best friend, one of the most understanding, compassionate and talented people I have ever met. Denice, a woman and mom, I look to for strength, truth and insight. Alexis is so powerful in her presence yet peaceful in her approach and steady as a rock. Thank you so much to everyone that has been and is a part of my life.
Youtube: Sally Annette Yunker
Sally Annette Yunker in Righteous photo by Alex Charlones “If I were an Artist” drawn by Sally Annette Yunker at age 5 at Salk Elementary School Dream Catcher by Denice Davy Circle Watercolor by Stevie Chun Atlantis Painting by Maddison Olivia