Vanessa Rusczyk creates fine art depicting the native flora of the American West. Her insightful portraits of blossoms and leaves give the viewer a close look at plant structure and symmetry in the visual context of a highly evolved sense of design. Her paintings are all done from her own reference materials, inspired by hikes around the west and the native species she cultivates in her own garden.

Vanessa was raised in New Mexico, and after 8 years on the East Coast, she returned to the west she loves, settling in rural east San Diego County. She now lives in North San Diego County, surrounded by the wild chaparral hillsides that define much of Southern California. 

She began studying oil painting 2010, working with Stuart Barton at the Art Academy of San Diego. In 2017, she started working in relief printing at the Art Academy, and the Athenaeum Art Center in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. 

After a 2 year hiatus to focus on moving and building a new home, Vanessa is once again working in her home studio full time on oil paintings and relief prints. 

Shows and Awards

Third Place, Small Image Show @ Gallery 21 in Balboa Park's Spanish Village Art Center, January 2017, California Peony

Honorable Mention, 2017 San Diego County Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, Representational Oil: Landscape; Donated award from Blick Art Materials, Desert Agave, Borrego Springs.

Borrego Art Institute, The Art of Flora and Fauna, October-November 2013-2016.

Going Native, Solo Show, O'Dunn Fine Art, May 2015.

Second Place, 2014 San Diego County Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, Representational Oil: Still Life and Florals. Dudleya Doubles

Mountain Gold Show, O'Dunn Fine Art, April 2014.

San Diego Artwalk, Little Italy, April 2014.

Mission Trails Regional Park, Solo Show, February 2014.

San Diego Artwalk, Liberty Station, August 2013.

First Place, San Diego County Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, Representational Oil: Still Life and Florals, Desert Agave.

Friends of Balboa Park Grant, 2008, Butterfly Mural in Balboa Park's Zoro Garden, San Diego.


New York School of Interior Design, AA, 1996.

Princeton University, BSE, 1993.