Artist & Creativity Coach

VANESSA TURNER

They often say “When you look outside, you dream. When you look within, you awaken”. My art is a voice motivating you and I to do both.

Along with portraits and figurative works, you will also find an abundance of tropical still life artworks within my portfolio. My current bodies of work center around the beauty found within diversity, nature and the commonplace.

By remaining highly sensitive to the subtleties of light and shadow I have created dramatic nuances to depict the beauty hidden in nature and the commonplace. Intrigued by what is… but rarely noticed, I use botanicals and tropical still life to create intimate reflections of everyday life and the natural world.

I am also intrigued by the beauty found within diversity. Recognising that many have been marginalized in both fine art and mainstream media, and with influence from the Afro-Caribbean culture, my figurative and portrait work serves to highlight the natural beauty of people and culture. 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, essence and culture.

I believe art transforms and personalizes the spaces in which we spend our time. My work is created to empower you, nurture you and evolve your space.

Vanessa Turner is a Bermudian creativity coach and artist whose chosen mediums include pastel and charcoal. Vanessa has been drawing for as long as she can remember… back to the days of colouring books, Crayola Crayons & mom’s white walls (her very first canvas).

Vanessa also works full time as a structural engineer but art remains at the core of her heart and an integral part of her everyday life.

Within her portfolio, you will find a vast array of portrait, figurative, tropical still life, and botanical works centered around her Afro-Caribbean heritage.

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

2010 BSOA Member’s Winter Show – The Bermuda Society of Arts
2010 Just Pastels X – The Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard 

2006 The Bacardi Biennial – The Bermuda National Gallery

SELECTED AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2013 Honourable Mention – Bermuda Arts Center, Annual Drawing & Painting Competition

PUBLICATIONS & FEATURES

A Portrait Drawing of “Indomitable Will”,  Cherie Haas, Online Editor, 
Art Journey Portraits and Figures
, Edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf, ISBN 1440336997

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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.

Find Me On Insta @VanessaTurnerArt