The latest regional artist to be featured in our Work in Progress series is Vanessa “Nes” Stark.
Vanessa Stark made her way into this world during a Canadian west coast, mid-winter snowstorm. Sixteen years later Vanessa followed her love of the mountains and passion for riding them to find her home in Whistler British Columbia. Coming from a creative and artistic family, drawing and other forms of art were always a very natural inclination for Nes. Her first art show appearance was at age eight. This was following oil painting lessons, a gift from her grandma.
What inspired this work?
“Owl Creek” was created as part of my “Wild and Free” series.
Each painting in the series is a mixed media piece containing topographic maps from our surrounding areas. The whole series is meant to capture the essence of the wild and free spirits that inhabit and explore the deep woods and steep peaks of this area. The series includes images of wild animals as well as adventurous brave souls from the past and present.
Where is this piece headed?
A taste of my “Wild and Free” series will be on display at the “State of the Art” at the Whistler Conference Centre during the World Ski and Snowboard festival April 12-21st.
How do you hold space for, or make time for, your creative self? What’s your practice or creative routine?
Making time for your self- let alone your creative self can be a challenge in this busy world. It is a delicate balancing act that is essential to a fulfilled life.
Sometimes my favorite time to connect to my creativity and let it out through paint is from 9 to 5 …am J
How big an influence is this region, our backyard, the landscape and energy here, on your work?
Living in this area has had a huge influence on my work and life. I love my backyard. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in such an amazing place surrounded by amazing people with similar interests.
What do you do to recharge your creative energy, if you’re feeling writers’/artists’ block?
Stepping out into my backyard- playing in the mountains- always a creative recharge!
Where can people follow you, or discover more of your works?