"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a life time to paint like a child”

~ Pablo Picasso

Christina Yaconelli, chief visionary of Yellow Cottage Mosaics, was born in North Los Angeles in 1959. Spending her first years in the quaint canyons of the Hollywood and Santa Monica Hills, Christina developed a deep love and appreciation for the beauty, warmth, and color of this area. To this day, she dreams of these times, and strives to allow others a glimpse into her vivid childhood through various art media.

Christina's mother was a designer and her father, an engineer, which brought the family to northern California in 1967. Always continuing to study the arts, Christina honed skills in dressmaking, pattern making, doll making, and other crafts, including felting, beading, hat making and embroidery.

After attaining a BS degree in Nutritional Science from San Jose State University in 1985, she went on to study Fine Art at SJSU, emphasizing illustration and painting. In 2001, Christina began her long and fruitful relationship with San Jose's Middlebrook Gardens, the leading sustainable/California native plant landscaping company. Alrie Middlebrook, the firm’s owner & chief artist, furthered Christina's vision art by incorporating her custom mosaic and other artwork into Middlebrook Gardens' groundbreaking landscaping work.

Christina went on to study mosaics at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, CA, advancing her knowledge of mosaics for commercial purposes and integration into garden landscaping.

Since then Christina has taught mosaic classes including Middlebrook Gardens, the Art Institute for Children in Palo Alto and others, and has launched her own mosaic art career with Yellow Cottage Mosaics.


Bob, Director of Quality Assurance

Christina with Sir William, VP of Marketing



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