Vanessa Withun is a contemporary representational artist of Dominican heritage originally from Bronx, New York. Her work incorporates a variety of landscapes, still-life, and portraits inspired by the power of chiaroscuro and the use of the darkness to reveal light in order to capture emotion. Her work delves into finding a connection with nature and highlights a search for finding roots within the American landscape. She seeks to bring attention to the power painting has in communicating ideas and stories. Her style combines Classical Realism with a contemporary twist by drawing on elements of Impressionism and Expressionism. Her still life method involves working boldly in alla prima and from life. 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.