The bustling city inspires Yates artwork. Her aesthetic is line, shape, color and pattern. She associates colors and shape with emotion. As she grew as an artist she started to understand the values of these simple fundamental forms. She uses color, shape and line in each of her pieces to convey these emotions. Photographs are a dominant feature in most of her artwork because she loves the raw emotion it conveys. Yates work is gritty, colorful and embodies the essence of soul and imagination.