Vanessa Rusczyk’s award-winning paintings of native flora and natural landscapes give viewers a close look at plant structure and natural design, immersing them in that small world on a human scale. Her paintings are inspired by hikes around the West and the native species she grows in her garden.
Vanessa was raised in New Mexico, and after 8 years on the East Coast, she returned to the West she loves. She lives in North San Diego County, surrounded by the wild chaparral hillsides that define much of Southern California. Frequent trips to the desert regions of the American Southwest, including Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego Desert State Park, provide endless material for her large flora portraits.