Vanessa Russell has been creating art since early childhood. She credits her mother and grandfather for fostering her artistic interests. Vanessa completed a three-year degree with an English Major at the University of Winnipeg. She has taken specialized art technique classes at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She utilizes found materials, organic and manufactured in unorthodox and creative ways. She is an advocate for greater awareness of social justice and environmental issues. Vanessa continues her artistic pursuits and takes classes, sells art, and creates art for friends, family and for therapeutic purposes.