Vanessa lives in Rock, North Cornwall. Preferring the medium of oil paint, Vanessa uses expressive marks and bold colour to construct the dramatic vistas which inspire her. Painting nudes and still life is also a favourite outlet for building and revealing form with colour and tone.
As part of her creative routine, Vanessa spends mornings walking the beaches and coastal paths around Rock and Daymer Bay, stopping frequently to gather visual information. Certain things catch her eye, using rapid pencil sketches she records the moment for more intensive development back in the studio. Vanessa draws directly onto the canvas with paint, using energetic motions she is guided by memory and sketches which brings dynamism ad immediacy to each stroke. As an artist, she is driven by colour, form and rhythm and she uses these key elements to create vibrant paintings, which are full of life and atmosphere.