I grew up on Whidbey Island, in a house surrounded by an ancient forest, perched on a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound. The trees were populated by strange beings created by a neighboring outsider artist, Mr. Dobson. The surreal landscape of my childhood continues to influence my work today.
My paintings explore the intrinsic beauty of our fears, the beautiful mushroom cloud at the end of the world, monsters real and imagined, talking animals and lost children. They are an exploration of separate realities divided by very thin barriers, most permeable to the living in dreams.
Vanessa Steinhilb, 2017