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Vanessa Compton

Drawn to rural environments where landscapes are vast and people are few, Vanessa grew up in Vermont where her father, a professional singer-songwriter, and her artist mother inspired her to create from an early age. She grew up in the woods of Vermont where her father, a professional singer-songwriter, and her artist mother inspired her to create from an early age.  She devoted her school years to theater, sculpture, cello and world music. Vanessa has lived in Dakar, Senegal where she studied the kora and its influence on hip hop music as well as Kumasi, Ghana studying palm wine guitar with living master Koo Nimo. After falling in love with rock climbing 17 years ago she moved to Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from CU-Boulder. Currently, Vanessa maintains a semi-nomadic lifestyle focused on creating art throughout the American West and in middle-of-nowhere Vermont.
 
The following organizations have generously supported Vanessa’s work: The Wallace Stegner House, Eastend Saskatchewan; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT; Hubbell Trading Post & National Historic Site, Navajo Nation; The Brush Creek Foundation, Saratoga WY; Jentel Arts, Banner WY