Artist, designer and rider

After taking Kwantlen University’s Fine Art & Visual Design programs, Vanessa worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director for 25 years.


Now a painter – Her background in art, design and riding has led her to create equestrian art that focuses on the horse and rider with a rider’s perspective.


Vanessa’s large format acrylics could be termed contemporary abstract realism; modern, with strong tonal values, limited detail and simplified colour palettes.

 
Born in the UK and having grown up in very horsey areas of Canada – Vanessa Whittell has been immersed in horses since she was three. From pony club, to hunter/ jumper, to upper level eventing and now dressage.
Vanessa lives with her husband, two dogs and four horses in Fort Langley BC Canada 

EQUINE ART SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS

2021

Thunderbird Show Park West Coast Longines FEI World Cup

2019

American Academy of Equine Art Juried Spring Show

Laura Graves Dressage Clinic at Highpoint Equestrian Centre, Langley BC Canada

2018


Dressage Masterclass Weekend with Carl Hester
 at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Canada.

American Academy of Equine Art Juried Spring Show  – Honors finalist

2017

Fall Dressage Symposium with Juan Manual Munoz Diaz at 
Highpoint Equestrian Centre, Langley, BC Canada

West Coast Dressage Symposium with Adelinde Cornelissen and Alice Oppenheimer
 at Thunderbird show park, Langley, BC Canada

American Academy of Equine Art Juried Fall Show

2016


West Coast Dressage Symposium with Charlotte Dujardin
 in Cloverdale, Surrey, BC Canada

Painting blog
Contemporary painting of Carl Hester riding Hawtins Delicato - large scale dressage prints by equine artist Vanessa Whittell.
Contemporary painting of Charlotte Dujardin riding Florintina - large scale dressage prints by equine artist Vanessa Whittell.
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