Originally from East London, at a young age I discovered a love for exploring nature, colour, drawing and painting. Although I was brought up in the metropolis, until my college years I didn't have much access to the British countryside. Instead, having a Spanish mother gave me the opportunity to know the Spanish countryside (especially Huesca, in the north), and I think this is where my love for nature and landcape began. The river valleys, pine woods and the Milky Way seen from the ancient rocky foothills of the Pyrenees went a long way in how I came to study art.
Photography also caught my attention. At 16 I started taking photographs with my first 35mm SLR camera, and learned to develop my own black & white film and prints in a darkroom. I studied for a BTEC Diploma in Art and Design, then Fine Art at West Surrey College of Art and Design, graduating with a BA Honours degree in 1993. After my five years at art college I left painting completely, and although I later went on to study photography part-time and join a printmaking workshop, London life took over. Several years ago I resettled in north Wales, and returned to my roots in painting. Occasionally my work is exhibited in North Wales and I enjoy taking part in exhibitions when opportunities arise. If you have any questions about my work, feel welcome to get in touch - you can contact me right here.
My name is Vanessa, and in this online gallery, I'd like to tell you a bit about my artwork. The natural world is a deep and lifelong inspiration to me and is fundamental to my art. I paint mainly in pastel, layered acrylic and oil, and my ideas are drawn from the myriad aspects I see in nature, such as its colours and textures. Most of my painting is not strictly 'landscape' art as I tend to look closer into its features, creating less traditional compositions. Developing my art is continual and I believe painting still has a vital place in bringing solace and enjoyment to our lives.