About




Vanessa Lemen is an award-winning painter who lives and works in Carlsbad, CA, with works exhibited and in private collections internationally. She is represented by Rehs Contemporary Galleries in NYC, and her work can also be found at the online gallery EveryDayOriginal.com, Artsy.com, InfectedByArt.com, and Ixgallery.com, as well as her own website VanessaLemenArt.com. With paintings exclusively published in the new Illustrated Limited Edition of The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin, her work has also been published in such art books as Spectrum, Women of Wonder, The Journal, and Infected By Art, and has been featured in articles in magazines such as American Art Collector, Painter, ImagineFX, Poets And Artists, and San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. Vanessa also writes monthly columns for the Muddy Colors blog and is an educator who mentors privately, teaches classes online with ateliers such as LAAFA, and instructs at workshops across the US. Her recent work has earned her The Chesley Award, as well as awards in publications such as Infected By Art, as well as Art Renewal Center's ARC Salon, and participation in the International ARC Salon Exhibition. 

Described through metaphorical imagery, it's excerpts from her personal journey and reflection that she credits most as the inspiration for her work, and rolling with the unexpected as the very nature of her process. Much like the spontaneity of a dialog, the marks on the surface are what evoke a response and then a discovery, and a possibility of something new to form. Each piece she creates seems to come from a chaos, and in it, she is able to create a place of reflection and curiosity, a balance of the deep-seated and the unknown, with areas of rest and of movement that intertwine to form a calm amid the chaos, and a story that unfolds with time.

She has been interviewed by Chet Zar on the Dark Art Society podcast, the One Fantastic Week webcast, Swain Hunt's Starting Bloq, and Brent Watkinson's Everyday Artist podcast (scroll down and click the play buttons below to listen to a couple of those interviews). 


To view or purchase her work, or for a commission proposal, contact vanessalemen@yahoo.com.

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Artist's Statement about her process:
"I'd definitely say that I have a responsive and permeable sort of painting process, and I'm fascinated with finding similarities between the familiar and the unknown. There's so much life and grit in both aspects, in the possibility of chance, and in what many might call the mistakes or imperfections. It's what I love about using different tools and materials, and making abstract marks. It affords me the opportunity to explore and discover while becoming familiar with things, to journey into unknown territory. Experimenting with new tools provokes new ways of processing something, and guides me to the possibility of connecting with something on the fringes or beyond. Exploration is absolutely essential to the process for me, and exploring and discovering can happen in all areas of painting, be it in the abstract areas or in the rendering or representational areas. It's different sometimes depending on the area or the stage of the painting I'm working on, but overall, it's a digging deeper and truly getting lost in the best way. Lost in a place of reflection, curiosity, and wonder.

What's quite amazing to think about is how the exploration pertains to the finished painting too. How the dialogue between artist and surface gets passed along in the form of the painting itself. There's a story there now in the marks, like subtle runes that are left to be deciphered, and it's open to different interpretations. It might even be something that we all can't quite put into words – and that may be one of the biggest motivations for us to keep scratching at the surface. The paintings we create and share can invite someone in to connect, to experience that intangible place, and to communicate with one another in ways that are more universally understood."
a couple Podcast Interviews:


Interview with Chet Zar on The Dark Art Society Podcast:
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