Hi, I’m Vania.

I’m an artist and illustrator, currently in Lancaster County, PA. While I’ve always been a creative person (drawing, knitting, graphic design), I started painting in 2014. Using a leftover canvas and a few acrylic paints leftover from a college class, I began painting as a way to de-stress. Since then, it’s taken over most of my free time! I’ve also been a part of several art shows in the Lebanon and Lancaster areas, including the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show (2015) and the Trattoria Fratelli Summer Season (2016).

I did illustration-style work on canvas for 3 years, but I’m now transitioning to a post-impressionist style. (Think along the lines of Cezanne and Van Gogh.) This new style is vibrant, expressive, and vulnerable, which is why I think more people relate to it. While I don’t do the illustration style anymore as fine art, I’m open to commissions in that style.

Hi, I’m Vania.

I’m an artist and illustrator, currently in Lancaster County, PA. While I’ve always been a creative person (drawing, knitting, graphic design), I started painting in 2014. Using a leftover canvas and a few acrylic paints leftover from a college class, I began painting as a way to de-stress. Since then, it’s taken over most of my free time! I’ve also been a part of several art shows in the Lebanon and Lancaster areas, including the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show (2015) and the Trattoria Fratelli Summer Season (2016).

I did illustration-style work on canvas for 3 years, but I’m now transitioning to a post-impressionist style. (Think along the lines of Cezanne and Van Gogh.) This new style is vibrant, expressive, and vulnerable, which is why I think more people relate to it. While I don’t do the illustration style anymore as fine art, I’m open to commissions in that style.

Artist Statement

My art comes from the patchwork of my identity–from the various places I’ve lived, the cultures that have shaped me, to the communities that have influenced me, and the faith that’s been my lifeline.

Being a third culture kid, I’m fascinated by unexpected juxtapositions that create unlikely connections. I express that with splashes of contrasting colors, along with a balance of structured lines and spontaneous strokes. Without always trying, I tend to explore themes of home, identity, community, and legacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do your open art nights work?

They are not like paint parties in that I don’t formally teach about painting. These free (donate what you will) public events are about being given the space and supplies to create what you want, in a positive atmosphere, where you also potentially make new friends. Go to the Events page for more information.

Why acrylic over any other medium?

Only because acrylic is what I started with. I’m open to trying oil and watercolor at some point, but since I’m well-stocked on acrylic paint right now, I might as well use it!

Do you do any other types of art besides painting?

Not professionally, but I dabble! I’m always up for learning new art forms. I enjoy knitting, clay sculpting, crafting, writing, and dancing sometimes. I’m also actually a full-time graphic designer.

What do you do outside of creative projects?

These are most of my life, especially now with events. But I like traveling, being outside for a walk or hike, taking fitness classes, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. I’m involved in my church and community, and I help out with my sister’s business, Kitty Town Coffee.

Would you paint me something?

If you’re interested in a commissioned piece, I’d be happy to talk about it with you. Feel free to contact me about what you have in mind. Please note that I will only take on paid commissions.

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