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 of nature and landcape was instilled. 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, and although I later went on to study photography part-time and join a printmaking workshop, London life took over. I taught English language and literacy (ESOL) for several years in the local community before leaving London and moving to North Wales, where I returned to my roots in painting. Occasionally 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, reflection and enjoyment to our lives.