Vanessa Withun is a contemporary artist of Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage originally from Bronx, New York. Growing up in an urban environment, she had little exposure to the beauties that nature offered. Coming from an artistic family, including graffiti artists, she was always drawn to the arts. After serving in the military and moving to Savannah, she developed an interest in landscapes and nature. She was inspired by the wetlands and marshes that surrounded the coastal area and decided to pursue a degree in environmental science. Although her work is representational, she heavily relies on an intuitive process to create an interesting story rather than just painting what she sees. She considers her style to be a combination of Abstract and Realism. She believes that art should represent an experience. She enjoys the use of color and heavy texture to show the intricacies of form and 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.