Vanessa Withun is a contemporary representational artist of Dominican heritage originally from Bronx, New York. After serving in the military and moving to southern coastal area, she was inspired by the beauty of the Southern landscape and the culture. She is inspired by the story-telling ability of art. Her work incorporates a variety of landscapes, still-life, and portraits inspired by her upbringing and the influence of living in the Southeastern region of the United States. Her work delves into finding a connection with nature and highlights finding roots within the American landscape. She also seeks to capture moments and people that inspired her throughout her life, bringing attention to the power portraits have in communicating ideas and stories. Her style combines Classical Realism with Impressionism with a heavy focus on value and texture. Her still life method involves working boldly in alla prima, from life, on a heavy textured surface. She is currently studying at the Academy of Realist, Boston and a current recipient of the J. Shepard, Jr. And Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Her work has been exhibited across the United States.