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Vanessa Bates started her career as a graphic designer and illustrator but gravitated towards fine art as her experimentation in color drifted outside the gamut possible with traditional printing techniques. Early illustration lessons still influences Vanessaís art as each work has a simple focus and careful use of color and light to further direct attention to the subject of the piece.
Working almost exclusively in acrylic, Vanessa believes that the canvas is where the true color mixing begins. The colors on her palette are therefore loosely folded together before being applied. The subject matter itself is often chosen for humor, expressed either as visual irony or lighthearted observation. Itís the sincerest hope that any of the artistís views, whether they are inspired by the political or otherwise, be apparent only to those who have an interest in that subject. Otherwise, the piece should stand on its own as an enjoyable composition. To be so cut and dry with the the subject would mean that the work would fall firmly in the class of illustration.