In 2006 Vanessa Zita Vanderidder sustained a traumatic brain injury in a freak accident. Unable to return to work, she began painting to express emotion, relax and get lost in the colour and texture of oil paint. She now creates mixed media abstract paintings on large canvases. Vanessa has been featured on CBC London radio and in Curve Magazine. Her artwork has made appearances in editions of Our Homes Magazine and hangs on the walls of Western’s Interdisciplinary Research Building. It also can be seen in commercials, movies and TV shows, such as The Rick Mercer Show.
Vanessa has participated in the London Fringe Festival’s VisualFringe for the last three years, and in the Pride Art Show for the last two. She recently opened her own art studio and hopes to become more involved in the London art scene as she continues to grow as an artist.