Equestrian paintings, prints  & portraits

“As riders, we all strive for magical moments with our horses – as an artist, paint allows me to create images that bring out that magical quality”

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

Now a painter – Her background in illustration and a lifelong obsession with riding has led her to create equestrian art that focuses on horse and rider from a rider’s perspective.

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

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Vanessa Whittell with Vancouver (aka Nemo). Photo credit Cara Grimshaw Photography

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Born in the UK and having grown up in very horsey areas of Canada – Vanessa Whittell has been immersed in horses since she was 3. From pony club, hunters, jumpers to upper level eventing  –  Vanessa is now focusing on dressage (and painting of course…)

Vanessa riding Nemo. Photo credit Cara Grimshaw Photography

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Equine art exhibitions and shows

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
Thunderbird show park, Langley, BC Canada.
(Dressage in motion, Horse Council BC, Piaffe Management)

American Academy of Equine Art Juried Spring Show  – Honors finalist

2017

Fall Dressage Symposium with Juan Manual Munoz Diaz
Highpoint Equestrian Centre, Langley, BC Canada
(Vetoquinol, Top Fox, Jane Macdonald, Dressage BC, Highpoint Equestrian Centre)

West Coast Dressage Symposium with Adelinde Cornelissen and Alice Oppenheimer
Thunderbird show park, Langley, BC Canada
(SH Productions, Piaffe Limited)

American Academy of Equine Art Juried Fall Show

2016
West Coast Dressage Symposium with Charlotte Dujardin
Cloverdale, Surrey, BC Canada
(SH Productions, Piaffe Limited)