Photography by Christa Kimble

Photography by Christa Kimble

Yao is a watercolor artist and designer based in Columbus, Ohio.  While she has been painting and drawing since the age of 5, her introduction to watercolor only began shortly after college.  Her connection to this medium was immediate and it has since defined her painting style and marked the beginning for Yao Cheng Design!

Located in downtown Columbus, Yao Cheng Design was founded in 2012.  Our online retail shop and design studio is where Yao’s modern and bright watercolors come to life through products and clientele work. Our retail side focuses on a range of products for the home while the studio side focuses on creating specialty wedding stationeries and larger clientele projects.  Throughout all of Yao's work, she is always trying to capture the immediacy of expressions through color, shapes and brush strokes. The emphasis on imperfect marks and unpredictable colors is what makes her designs stand out and feel personable. 

Best known for her iconic expressive watercolor style, Yao's designs, products and collaborations can be found online, with Chronicle BooksWest Elm, and Minted.  Her online tutorial series with Creativebug offers an introduction to watercolor painting.  She is also the co-founder of Rise & Design, a Columbus meet-up for fellow creatives.  Our products have been featured in renowned publications such as HGTV Magazine, Better Homes and GardenStyle Me Pretty, and Design Love Fest.

If you have a project or inquiry about working with us, please get in touch or read more about her painting process.