A native to Cambridge, Ontario, Vanessa Cress Lokos obtained a BA with a Concentration in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa. Her travels led her through Europe and eventually to Melbourne, Australia, where she continued to study art, exhibited and sold her work. Her work has been shown in Georgetown, Mississauga, Toronto, Waterdown, and juried exhibitions in Burlington and Hamilton.
A resident of Burlington, Vanessa is a member of a variety of art organizations including the Burlington Fine Arts Association and the Canadian Glaze Oil Society. An Honourable Mention was awarded to Vanessa and members of the BFAA for a collaborative work at the Art Gallery of Burlington's Tall Tales exhibition. Her work has been accepted and sold at the Annual AGB Art Auction.
Through glaze oil painting, the lost art of the old masters, the artist explores a superior quality of light and depth which she finds rewarding. She is continually captivated by the luminous colour possibilities from a palette of eight. Through this forgotten art, she finds forgotten beauty, above, below or on a busy street. Miniature details, contrast, luminous light and colour, are found in Vanessa’s open air and studio paintings. They hold our attention, inviting us to take in our surroundings.