Vanessa graduated from Taupo Quay School of the Arts in 2002, majoring in printmaking. Over the last 10 years she has worked predominantly in drypoint. “I love the feel and smell of printmaking, the many processes and techniques to explore. Printmaking derives from drawing and I love that. More recently I am looking at the long term relevance of my work and where I see it fitting into the larger scheme of things. This has resulted in me looking into tikanga and matauranga maori and our mythology. How is our past relevant in the present/ future? I want to continue to reference past ideas so that they are not forgotten but rediscovered in a new way”.