Under the Spotlight….Vanessa Breen

” The perfect place to paint and capture the sea’s beauty and ever changing mood”.


How can we best describe Vanessa… chilled, funny and a lovely lady, passionate about her art and keen to inspire others to explore their artistic ideas.  We photographed her at home and on Worthing Beach outside Hut 42.

Nature influences her work, a rich depth of colour and a tactile surface is created by building up layers in various media. She enjoys the commissioning process, working closely with clients to meet their expectations, whether it’s to create a unique painting tailored to the client’s interior or to design and produce innovative artworks for commercial spaces. She also offers a professional installation service.

We gave Vanessa our Q and A so we could find out a little bit more about her :

Do you have positive/negative memories of art when you were at school?

All positive, had a great art teacher, thank you Mrs Roberts.

 What would your school report have said about your art.

“She has potential if she stops daydreaming”

 Did you go on to further education in art or are you self-taught?

I left school and went straight to art-college, 2 years studying graphic design; I then opted for an Art Foundation course rather than an advertising HND. It was the best move I made; I loved the course and went onto Staffordshire Uni to specialize in glass as part of a Design degree.

As for painting, I’m self-taught.

Artists Palette

Artists Palette

What or who has inspired you over the years?

LIFE…..brilliant friends and family, travelling, scuba diving, architecture, sky, sea, landscapes…..etc. I’m easily inspired.

 What Artists do you admire?

Hundertwasser, Klimt, Hockney, Gaudi to name a few of many.

What is your favourite piece of work (yours and someone else)?

One of them is “the Kiss” by Gustav Klimt, seeing the original in Vienna was stunning.

My art – I don’t have a favourite, just some I love more than others.

What has been the highlight of your artistic career so far? What are you proud to have achieved?

Moving to Worthing and meeting/working with so many inspiring artists, has given me the opportunity to sell my work in galleries and exhibitions. Setting up Creative Waves with Nadia Chalk and turning our ideas into a reality, especially Art on the Pier.

On East Beach

On East Beach

 What have you sacrificed for your art?

Sleep and housework, (which is not much of a sacrifice!)

 What’s the best bit of advice that has been given to you?

Live your dreams because life is short.

What advice would you give to an aspiring artist/craftsperson?

ENJOY what you do, experiment and don’t give up, because you’ll never know what would have happened.

 How do you start a piece of work?

I splash a wash of colour to get rid of the blank canvas, and then start…..

Starting a piece...

Starting a piece…

  When is it finished?

I never know! I try and stop but I love tweaking little areas, sometimes this improves the painting and sometimes I wish I’d stopped an hour ago.



Do you have a mantra, quote or line from a song that best sums up what your art means to you?


Does music help with your creativity?  If so what would you choose to listen to whilst working on a piece?

Yes, love it, at the moment I’ve been painting to Daughter, Massive Attack & Goldfrapp.

 What is your favourite medium to work with/in?

I love using acrylic paints, their quick drying properties mean I can quickly build up the surface combining colour washes with other materials. 

Using sand to add texture

Using sand to add texture

Do you have a lucky or favourite something that you use that has been with you forever?

My left hand and a broken bracelet: I’m left handed and in my early twenties I had an accident where I fell on broken glass and lacerated my left wrist. A couple of weeks before the accident, I made a beaded bracelet which luckily prevented more damage being done to my hand.

Are you living your dream through your art or do you have one – what do you strive for?

I’ll see where the future takes me, I don’t have a set plan, but I will live my dreams.

 Is there anything you avoid with your art?

Putting it to close to the fire!!!

Working from home....

Working from home….

Thank you Vanessa the pleasure was all ours, fascinating, and thank you for a lovely lunch, home grown tomatoes on toast yum!

To find out more about Vanessa and her work visit these links….

http://www.vanessabreen.co.uk/     http://www.creativewaves.co.uk/  https://www.facebook.com/Hut42

About worthingart

Worthing Art is the invention of three artists/craftspeople living in Worthing, on the sunny south coast of England. Our aim is to create a central point of information about the visual arts in our local area. There is such a lot going on and so many creative people around here and we want to help spread the word through our Facebook page and this blog. We will also share national events and info if it's relevant. We are entirely non profit....we're in it fot the joy! We are: Lorraine Heaysman: Photographer. Marie Vickers: Mixed Media Artist/Printmaker and Textile Artist. Naomi Frances: Illustrator, Maker of Stained Glass, Mixed Media Artist.
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