Vanessa was born in Perth and completed her schooling in Canberra. She moved to Melbourne with her husband Peter who spent three years studying sculpture and painting at Phillip Institute. During this time Vanessa worked at La Trobe University and gained a “Diploma” of Art by “proxy”, attending many exhibitions, films and art history discussions.
In 2005, inspired by the work of Grace Paleg, she sought to learn about pastels. Her body of works in pastel of “still life” express her preoccupation with the mix of nature, humanity and the sacred, as experienced in every day life. Her objects sit within a “fruity” light of warmth and shadow.