These glorious doodlewashes come to us from artist Vanessa Hands d’Azevedo, in Carcavelos, Portugal (about 7.5 miles west of Lisbon). Born there in 1974, she still lives and maintains her studio there today. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to see more amazing work from this incredibly talented artist!
Vanessa has a gift for capturing life’s moments in a way that tell a wonderful story. For her watercolors, she uses a varied palette with a focus on structure, balance and harmony. The result is a stunning peek inside everyday life that’s filled with beauty and emotion. From the art critic Alfonso Almeida Brandão, “the artist has a large clearance in the technical aspect of treatment in terms of shapes, volumes, shadows, shades and transparencies.”
Very early in life, Vanessa began to show a talent for artistic creation. She was certainly influenced by her father, respected Portuguese painter, Rui de Azevedo, but she has now already made a name for herself in Portuguese Contemporary Watercolor.
A watercolorist of feature for Naturalist, she has also worked in the field of illustration for children’s books. Vanessa has a love for nature and animals. You’ll often find her painting in her studio surrounded by her cats and a Labrador Retriever. She says, “I also love old cities and antiques. That is where I get my inspiration.”
Thanks for being a guest doodlewash feature, Vanessa, and sharing your amazing paintings with us. And if you haven’t already, do follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and also Pinterest! She’s truly amazing!