Wilson-Ramsey developed an interest in art at an early age. Lavishly
books, such as those of by Garth Williams and Tasha Tudor,
inspired her to draw for hours on end. Raised in a family
that included several successful artists and architects,
Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey was gently encouraged to develop
her talent; her parents provided her with plenty of art supplies,
but generally left her to create her own style.
Wilson-Ramsey did her first professional work as a botanical
illustrator while enrolled as a Landscape Design major
at Texas Tech University. Her botany professor noted her artistic talent
during a class project and asked her to illustrate a publication on
color patterns in chrysanthemums. This positive experience lead her
to spend several years illustrating college textbooks for Mosby Publishing
Company. In this capacity, she refined her ability to enhance and clarify
scientific writing through art.