Vanessa Lemen is a fine art painter and illustrator who has worked as a freelance artist, commissioned painter, and fine art instructor. Vanessa graduated from San Diego State University in 1995, and has since developed a solid place in the community of San Diego, CA participating in a variety of local art events, as well as establishing a worldwide presence on the web with online instruction and tutorials for The Art Department. She co-founded Studio 2nd Street in Encinitas, CA, with her husband Ron, where she taught classical foundation drawing and painting, as well as mixed media and illustration classes. The Lemens have moved their studio efforts to San Diego to meet increased demands for their mentorship and instruction, and continue to instruct on faculty for The Art Department. The evolution of her fine art has forged ahead in a synchronous motion - as the events of her surroundings continue to surge, so do the images that emerge from her.