Vanessa Withun is a representational contemporary realist artist originally from Bronx, New York. Growing up in an urban environment, she had little exposure to the beauties that nature offered. Her passion for landscapes and nature began after moving to Savannah, GA. She developed an interest in wetlands and marshes that surrounded the coastal area and decided to pursue a degree in environmental science. Her knowledge pertaining to biodiversity and ecosystems works to inform her art. Although her work is representational, she heavily relies on an intuitive process. She believes that art should represent the experiential and transcendental elements in life. She enjoys the use of color and texture to show the intricacies of form and contrasting values to show the behavior of light. Although she focuses on nature, she also enjoys painting portraits and still-life as well. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and she is a member of Oil Painters of America.