Vanessa Perry is a Visual Artist and works mainly with oil paint. She was born in London and grew up in Newbury, Berkshire. Vanessa attended Chelsea School of Art, London, in the late 1980's. After leaving college she worked as a Portrait Photographer.
Vanessa had her first solo show in 2003, and following its success she was invited to install a collection at The Ark in Basingstoke, Hampshire, during 2004. In 2006 Vanessa took part in several mixed shows, and curated the first ever Vodafone Art Exhibition in Berkshire, where she also exhibited. Following this event Vanessa was nominated for a Community Award by YouthNet, the charity supported by the event. During the same year Vanessa was commissioned by Vodafone to draw a 'Vodafone Corporate Dream Board' after a workshop with the Corporate Sales Team.
By 2008 Vanessa had gallery representation and her work was taken to the Great Northern Art Show in Harrogate and the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol.
In 2009 Vanessa moved her studio to London and continued exhibiting in mixed shows including exhibitions in Brick Lane, St Pancras and a solo show at Goldsboro Books in Covent Garden.
In 2011 Vanessa developed her own creative art therapy techniques and began working in private practice with clients, using and developing these techniques and processes. This led to Vanessa attending various training courses, and in the summer of 2012 Vanessa passed a Counselling Certificate, awarded by Spectrum College of Humanistic Studies in North London. Vanessa continued her training and in 2013 became a qualified Group Therapy Facilitator.
Vanessa moved her studio to the South East Coast in 2014, and since then has painted a new body of work entitled 'Second Self'. This collection explores the idea of 'self' and draws on aspects of nature and the local environment. Vanessa plans to show this new work for the first time this year, alongside a new collection that is emerging which focuses on water, predominantly the sea. You can view the 'Second Self' by clicking here.