Vanessa Pollen hails from sunny Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty – and like the name of the bay, she has plenty of artistic skill and drawing talent, which has been sharpened by hard work.
“I guess I’ve been lucky whereby I have always been able to draw. It certainly runs in my family with my father, aunt & granny to name a few all being very good artists in different mediums. My passion would be drawing animals, both pets and wildlife. It gives me so much joy when I draw someone’s much loved pet who has passed on or is still around. When we immigrated to New Zealand in 2016 and I saw how much people here loved their pets, just as much as I do (we had to leave our pets in Zimbabwe which was heart breaking) so I decided to begin drawing again and took it up full time in December 2019.
I love it when I would draw someone’s precious pet and they would say “you’ve brought Bella home again!”. To me that’s the reward in its self. I would get tears in my eyes when a pet that I’m drawing passes away, because I get very emotionally attached to the individuals I draw. What inspires me to keep going is all the amazing feedback I get from my clients. What also drives me is the pure joy and happiness that my drawings bring to them. To date, my work has ended up in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.”