My latest collection of vibrant pastel drawings is called “Color, Light, and Motion.” It is an explosion of artistic movement and vibrant color. Like a late afternoon Florida sky bursting with ever changing colors, shapes, life, and emotion. Sometimes awe, sometimes joy, sometimes pure drama.
I love to capture color, light and the moment. I am inspired by Florida’s beauty, animals, nature, people and sports. The titles of my artwork are as important as the pieces themselves since they tell part of the story. The main characteristic of my work is the bold colors and energetic movement.
I create my pieces as a sketch using soft pastels. The soft pastels allow me to work fast. The bold strokes, the moving lines and vibrant colors on top of color paper or board make my artwork come alive and adds to the flow of motion and energy. The color of the paper outlines the bold colors, creating a resting area for the viewer’s eye.
My philosophy as an artist is always to have fun while doing art and to spread my passion and enthusiasm for art to others.
– Vanessa Montenegro
I studied fine arts at Miami Dade Community College, The New World School of the Arts and Florida International University, specializing in energetic, colorful drawings, the figure form, and realistic paintings. I have always worked in a variety of mediums and produced paintings and drawings of different scales. I moved to Tampa more than a decade ago, and since then I have been involved in the art community in Tampa. I am one of the two founders of the Westchase Artists Society, and I was part of the Art Advisory Committee of Hillsborough County for three years. I am also a member of the Coalition of Hispanic Artists and Miniature Art Society of Florida. Currently, I work as a full-time artist, creating my artwork, working on art commissions, and teaching art at my art studio. I participate in several art shows a year, and you can find some of my work on the web, galleries and public art project around Florida. For more information, visit my website www.vanessamontenegro.