about Vanessa Richardson
Wildlife Artist Vanessa Richardson lives in Bicheno with her 2 young daughters. Vanessa Moved to the East Coast in 2001 where she continued working as a tour guide until the birth of her first child in 2008. Since then she has been devoting her time to her children and Art – and loving it. Now immersed in artistic pursuits, Vanessa is currently working from home at Sea Eagle Studio - Bicheno.
Sea Eagle Studio is an open home studio giving visitors the opportunity to ‘meet the artist’. Her work aims to stimulate conversation and raise public awareness for vulnerable species. It is the families creative space. While Vanessa’s painting occupies most of her studio time, she also makes rope baskets. Her daughters, Mikayla and Jessie, make fabric covered earrings and hair ties and Vanessa’s father, Vern, supplies some Tassie Timber products.
As an artist, she is proud to share the unique beauty and wildlife we are exposed to. Vanessa is a strong believer and advocate of ‘Arts for Conservation’. Many of her subjects are from rehabilitation or wildlife care facilities so as to highlight and raise awareness for the need for conservation of our most vulnerable native species and their habitats.
The development of the “Helping Hands” print series is one of my ongoing ‘Arts for Conservation’ projects. Helping hands is a limited series print created to help raise the profile of the Tasmanian Devil and Devil Facial Tumour Disease. From this project, Vanessa has donated over $5000 towards the Devil fund to date.
In December 2014, Vanessa was announced the winner of the Inaugural Tasmanian Wildlife Art Price with her Piece titled ‘Wedge-tailed Eagle Study.
In 2017, Vanessa was a finalist in the Holmes Art Prize for Realistic Bird Painters – Caloundra, QLD
In 2018, Vanessa was a finalist in the Bay of Fires Art Prize – St Helens, Tasmania.
The Majority of Vanessa’s work is now sold via commission and while wildlife is her chosen subject, she is a highly recommended pet portrait Artist.
Vanessa’s 15yr interpretive guiding experience has provided the perfect platform to interact with Tasmania’s diverse environment and experience some very unique wildlife encounters. “We live in one of the best natural wildlife sanctuaries in the world”.