I have forever been fascinated by the draftsmanship and creativity of great artists. Since childhood, art has been a passionate experience for me which holds a special place in my life. For years it has served as a form of expression as I inject a lot of my personality into each piece.
People mean a lot to me. I am intrigued by the numerous transformations and journeys that people undergo in life. Each face tells a story. So naturally, there’s something about portraiture which resonates deeply with me. When completing a portrait, I aim to bring out the essence of a person. It is my intention for the portrait to bear a likeness not only to the person’s features but also their character.
Along with portraits and figurative works, you will also find an abundance of still life artworks within my portfolio. I feel that one can take a common object and create something beautiful and meaningful by remaining highly sensitive to the subtleties of light and shadow. There is a vast amount of beauty hidden in the commonplace Intrigued by what is… but rarely noticed, I use still life to create intimate reflections of everyday life.
When I’m painting, each piece of artwork goes through numerous stages as it is built up in layers. Each layer has a different purpose and presents new challenges and struggles. At these stages I constantly remind myself not to feel defeated or give up. Instead, I press on through the difficulty to reveal the end product, a beautiful painting which would not have come to be without the underlying struggle. The process is interestingly reflective of life’s journeys.
They often say “When you look outside, you dream. When you look within, you awaken”. My art is a voice motivating you and me to do both.
Artist Vanessa Turner was born in and lives on, the sunny island of Bermuda. Vanessa’s primary mediums are pastel and charcoal. Vanessa has been drawing for as long as she can remember, back in the days of colouring books, Crayola Crayons & mom’s white walls.
Vanessa works full time as a structural engineer but art is certainly at the core of her heart. Balancing a full time career, family, and a love of art can be very challenging at times. However, Vanessa’s love for art is a necessary part of her and it maintains a special place in her life.
2018 Solo Exhibition: Rots to Royalty – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2018 BSOA Member’s Spring Show – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2018 Sea & Sky – The Bermuda Arts Centre Dockyard
2017 Small Works Show – The Bermuda Arts Center Dockyard
2015 Tranquility – The Bermuda Arts Centre Dockyard
2015 Purple – The Bermuda Arts Centre Dockyard
2015 Atlantic Garden – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2014 Custom Made (Frameworks Bermuda) – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2014 BSOA Member’s Summer Show – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2014 Slow Down Look Around – The Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard
2013 Small Works Holiday Show – The Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard
2013 Solo Exhibition “Commonplace Beauty” – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2013 Annual Drawing & Painting Competition (Juried) – The Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard
2013 Member’s Winter Show – The Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard
2012 Small Works Show – The Bermuda Arts Center
2012 Wet Exhibition – The Bermuda Arts Center
2012 BSOA Member’s Fall Show – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2012 Summer Lovin (Select Palette Artists Collaboration) – Common Ground Cafe
2012 BSOA Member’s Spring Show – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2011 Just Pastels XI – The Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard
2011 Charman Prize (Juried) – The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
2011 BSOA Member’s Spring Show – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2006 The Bacardi Biennial – The Bermuda National Gallery
SELECTED AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2013 Honourable Mention – Bermuda Arts Center, Annual Drawing & Painting Competition
PUBLICATIONS & FEATURES
2017 New Masters Academy
2017 International Association of Pastel Societies Biennial Convention (Workshops & Demos)
2013 International Association of Pastel Societies Biennial Convention (Workshops & Demos)
2010 to 2012 The Sharon Wilson School of Art
Bermuda Society of Arts
The Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard
The Pastel Society of America
What is pastel? Pastel is powdered pure pigment rolled into round or square sticks and held together with methylcellulose, a non-greasy binder. The use of dry pigments combined with a binder dates back to prehistoric cave paintings, but pastels as we know today dates back to the late 1400s. The term pastel drawings is used to refer to artwork which mainly consist line work. The term pastel painting is used to refer to artwork where the pastel covers the majority of the support, leaving little paper visible. When protected by glass, pastel is the most permanent of all media, as it never cracks, darkens or fades. Pastel works have been proven to last as long as, or longer than works in any other medium. They will preserve their colour and distinctive matte surface with the same freshness as when first applied. In order to prevent damage, the surface of a pastel painting should never be touched and should be protected from water.
What is charcoal? Charcoal is a dry art medium made of finely grounded organic materials that are held together by a gum or wax binder. There are three main types of charcoal: compressed charcoal, vine charcoal and charcoal pencils. Compressed charcoal is typically shaped into sticks and/or blocks. The intensity of the stick is determined by its level of hardness. Vine charcoal is a long and thin piece of charcoal stick that is the result of burning sticks or vines in a kiln without air. Charcoal pencils are compressed charcoals that are wrapped with a layer of wood. The design of charcoal pencils are similar to that of graphite pencils while keeping intact with the properties of charcoal.