Vanessa Rusczyk creates fine art portraits of the native flora of the American West. Her award winning paintings of flowers and plants give the viewer a close look at plant structure and natural design, immersing them in that small world on a large scale. She was raised in New Mexico, and has lived in Southern California since 1999 where her home studio is surrounded by hills of native chaparral that inspire her work.
I want people to see the beauty around them in native habitats, but also to understand that these are more than just pretty plants. They are the basis of life support for all wildlife, from native bees to mountain lions. With more habitat being destroyed every year, it’s vital that backyards move towards supporting wildlife and that wild places are protected. My hope is that my paintings draw people in because of their vibrance, color, composition and technique, but then as the viewer takes a closer look, I want them to start asking questions about them. Appreciation and the desire to care for something usually starts with an initial attraction that is often hard to explain. My art aims to create that moment for the viewer.