I am a French-Canadian artist that lives near the beautiful mountains of Kluane, in Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction), Yukon, Canada.
My educational background is in astronomy and forest ecology but I have always practiced visual arts since I was little.
I am inspired by my spiritual relationship with nature. My work focuses on medicinal plants, animals and plants of Northern Canada, celestial bodies and the power and the beauty of femininity. I also like to incorporate memories and symbols from my experience as a tree planter in British Columbia and Alberta. My favorite mediums are watercolors, ink and gouache.
When I am not painting, you can find me hiking or skiing in the mountains with my dog Oslo.
photo Collin Lauzon
Akassi Yah is a traditional Ivorian name I received from an elder of a small village north of Yamoussoukro. To honour and welcome in her home me she gave me two names according to her cultural heritage: Akassi because I was born a Sunday, and Yah, as a gift from herself as it this is her own name.
Akassiyah is a member of the Yukon Art Society. View her profile here!
I respectfully acknowledge that I live, work and paint on the Traditional Territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.