Born in Nairobi, Kenya.
1972 -1990 experienced a transient life, work and educational style between Kenya and London, England
1990 - 2005 Vermont USA
2005 - 2009 Christchurch New Zealand
2009 -To-date Lives in Ontario, Canada
Studied, worked, and educated/mentored in the hospitality industry in Britain and Kenya for 9 years and then held similar roles in the cosmetology field in Britain, Kenya, US, New Zealand and Canada, over a period 27 years.
Dedicated, everyday meditation practitioner and shaman, 30 years and continuing
Proprietor and Director of Papillion Rising and Vanessa Brownbridge Fine Art Studio
Visual art and self-development facilitator, healer, teacher, psychotherapy intern
A selection of Vanessa’s latest work has just finished showing in the 31stth Juried Pelham Art Festival, which hosts over 70 of Ontario’s finest regional artists, annually. Participating in several shows in the Niagara region, she is one of four featured artists, been invited to participate in a promotional event, advertising Niagara’s famous Bruce Trail and involved with the organization and participation of local juried studio tours and art shows in 2016. Vanessa has shown at the Propeller Gallery in Toronto as part of their Nuit Rose 2016 Festival and is participating in The ArtBox Projects Miami 2016 and 2017. Vanessa is currently preparing for a solo exhibition of her extensive body of work at the Welland-Pelham Museum of Ontario in November 2016. To further grow as an experimental artist she is has been expanding her artistic skills, studying techniques in sculpture, silk-painting and other multimedia 2D and 3D works.
With several international moves under her belt from 1990 – 2010, facilitated by her husband’s professional skills, and raising a family, Vanessa has been on a lifelong journey of continual self – education. Her particular painting style has a flow of its own as it is influenced by every country she has lived in, producing much variety in the end result. Allowing the paint and textured canvas or papers to create themselves through colour, line and texture, the divine feminine is always present in her abstract figurative work. Greatly influenced by Africa, much of her work depicts long lithe female forms, elephants and big cats, although she does not intentionally start out this way allowing the painting to tell her what it wants to be. It has taken her four years after the last move, to create this particular body of work, many of which have been sold privately.
In 1994, Vanessa and her husband Michael bought and converted a 19th century home in Vermont to raise their young family. In 1998, never having had the urge to paint before and mourning the death of her beloved father who was a skilled craftsman and artist, she was inspired by their shared love of world mythology to pick up a brush and start painting large murals. Surprised and intrigued that it actually took on the form she intended, she followed this new skill with a passion. Soon, others began to take notice, which led to several privately commissioned murals and portraits. After taking several courses for audit at the University of Vermont and with encouragement from her professors, an intense desire to pursue painting with dedication was cemented.
Continually attending dozens of workshops taught by several acclaimed national and international, American and Canadian Artists, and belonging to varied art groups, Vanessa is a successful gallery owner and artist, showcasing her love for the female form, vibrant colours and swirls of channelled energy that choose her to make their mystical and dynamic way into material form to transform the heart of the artist and viewer.
She has had several solo and group showings in various venues, art festivals, local galleries and wineries in the US, New Zealand and Canada; juried and advised for the Welland Rose Festival in their Art category held annually, and holds intensive two day private and group workshops several times a year. With her love for the various arts, she has coached theatre and directed several original plays in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Vanessa is a Shaman, Healer, motivational speaker and teacher. She has appeared on two live talk radio shows, one with Hay House Radio, USA and the other on blog talk radio, ‘I am The Western Woman’ Canada and has had book signings in Vermont, Canada and Texas. Her artwork is held in private collections in Canada, The US, New Zealand and Britain, She lives with her husband Michael, their two sons and hairy four legged daughter AKA a cairn terrier, in Pelham Ontario.