As a fine artist, the human figure has always been one of my main interests, especially faces. Diverse, coloured and unique, they offer an infinite palette of emotions and expressions.

Aware of the technique, my drawing skills are the basis of each painting; they ‘hold’ the composition by making shapes fit together in space. Without the drawing no painting is possible.

For some time now I have had the feeling of having lost interest in human representation. Animal painting has become my main interest. It appears to me like a ‘ray of light’ in this dark world.

Animals, like art, are part of my childhood. They are my passions. I love them and I try my best to respect and support them. Their well-being, their protection and conservation is a concern to me. And what’s better than a painting to pay tribute to them, to immortalise and idealise them.

Painting animals is a kind of moral commitment, a catharsis as well as a challenge. It is a journey starting with an idea turned into a drawing, then completed with paint. The accuracy of details and the addition of textures bring realism to each animal (but not hyperrealism).

Through the act of painting I feel a kind of connection with animals. They are technically more interesting to paint than human figures, more diverse in terms of textures (hair, feathers, scales), patterns and colours.

My animals have an inner force, they are imposing, sometimes rebels, sometimes pensive or fragile… The lack of a realistic background is intentional and non-narrative. The animal imposes himself on the onlookers.

Each animal is painted on an Art Deco background (a style and period I love), whose golden patterns give rhythm to the picture. The animal is glorified.

Beyond the portraiture, and the work on patterns, is a wish to raise awarness on the beauty and fragility of each species.

Through the years my style has evolved but my intentions remain the same: depicting an expression, a gaze, a life!


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Recent work

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Vanessa B.

'Golden bully'
Mixed technique on canvas
80x80cm
Animal photo copyright: Odin @papabearbully (Instagram)

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Vanessa B.

'Golden bully' head
Mixed technique on canvas
 

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Vanessa B.

'Leo 4'
Mixed technique on canvas
20x20cm

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Vanessa B.

'Leo 3'
Mixed technique on canvas
20x20cm

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Vanessa B.

'Leo 2'
Mixed technique on canvas
81x100cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'Leo 2' head
Mixed technique on canvas

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Vanessa B.

'Rhino 1'
Mixed technique on canvas
80x80cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/

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Vanessa B.

'Rhino 1'
80x80cm
Mixed technique on canvas

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Vanessa B.

'Wolf 1'
Mixed technique on canvas
120x100cm
Animal photo copyright: Wildlife Reference Photos

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Vanessa B.

'Wolf 1' head
Mixed technique on canvas

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Vanessa B.

'Lioness 1'
Mixed technique on canvas
81x60cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'Lioness 1' details
Mixed technique on canvas

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Vanessa B.

'Go Rilla 1'
Mixed technique on canvas
80x80cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'PitB1'
Mixed technique on canvas
120x120cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'PitB1' details
Mixed technique on canvas 

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Vanessa B.

'Gold flamingo'
Acrylic on canvas
40x120cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'Iguana 1'
Acrylic on canvas
60x100cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'Iguana 1' details
Acrylic on canvas 

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Vanessa B.

'TigR2'
Mixed technique on canvas
80x80cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'TigR1'
Oil and acrylic on canvas
80x80cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'Leo 1'
Mixed technique on canvas
80x60cm
Animal photo copyright: https://pxhere.com/ 

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Vanessa B.

'The Creation of Adam revisited'
Oil on canvas
20x150cm

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Vanessa B.

'The Creation of Adam' details
Oil on canvas 

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Vanessa B.

Oil on canvas
76x100cm

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Vanessa B.

Acrylic and collage on canvas
100x100cm

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Vanessa B.

Mixed technique on canvas
120x100cm

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Vanessa B.

Oil on canvas
100x100cm

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Vanessa B.

'Baytrees'
Mixed technique on canvas
115x90cm
Copyright photo: Vincent Dolman

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Vanessa B.

Oil on canvas
90x90cm

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Vanessa B.

Acrylic on canvas
70x60cm

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Vanessa B.

Mixed technique on canvas
80x80cm

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Vanessa B.

Oil on canvas
80x80cm

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Vanessa B.

Mixed technique on canvas
61x92cm

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Vanessa B.

Oil on canvas
100x100cm

Copyright photo: MaRaDinn.photography.art

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Vanessa B.

Oil on canvas
55x45cm

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Vanessa B.

Acrylic and marker on canvas
10x10cm

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Vanessa B.

Acrylic on canvas (part 1)
20x20cm

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Vanessa B.

Acrylic on canvas (part 2)
20x20cm

© Vanessa B.

Vanessa B.

Acrylic on canvas (part 3)
20x20cm

© Vanessa B.

Vanessa B.

Oil and charcoal on canvas
73x60cm

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Vanessa B.

Mixed technique on board
80x120cm

© Vanessa B.

Vanessa B.

Oil on canvas (painting knives)
100x80cm

© Vanessa B.

Vanessa B.

Mixed technique on canvas
80x80cm