Back to the Cottage- Springtime
Oil on Board 12 x 14 inches
Magnolia & Cottages
Oil on Card 10 x 12 inches
Seated Hare - Springtime
Oil on Card 14 x 16 inches
Oil on Board 14 x 16 inches
Crocuses in Ship Jug
Oil on Card 12 x 14 inches
Flowers from the Garden
Oil on Linen 23 x 19 inches
Vanessa graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1993 with a First Class Honours degree in Printed Textile Design. During her time there she won the Eileen Bendall and the Sanderson prizes for drawing, and the Daler Rowney Young Artist award – for pastels exhibited in the Mall Galleries – two years running.
Each of Vanessa’s still lifes observes the simple beauty of everyday objects – a moment captured in time. A vase of garden flowers, a bowl of lemons (their acid yellow placed against the deep magenta plum), a striped shell – each is placed deliberately within the framework of the painting combining muted subtle colour with jewel-like accents.
Similarly her landscapes observe the pattern and texture of the countryside around her home. She paints features left by the working of the land, punctuated by seasonal land marks – such as skeletons of trees in winter or hedgerow flowers in summer. Detailed foregrounds of vibrantly coloured berries or hips, delicate snowdrops or cow parsley lead the eye into an intimate portrait of the Dorset landscape.
still life paintings are not unlike
the work of Mary Fedden, with her cool palette bringing a contemporary
“Her muted palette
and beautifully detailed still
lifes are distinctively hers. She has a wonderful eye for colour.”
“That placing of
exhilirating, singing colour is no
piece of whimsy..