St. Albert Painters Guild


Vanessa Ali


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Personal information

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Painting Media
  • Oil
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic
  • Gouache
  • Mixed Media
  • Collage
  • Coloured Pencil
Paintings 1 -
Title 1 -
Arabic Coffee and Oranges
Painting 2 -
Title 2 -
Painting 3 -
Title 3 -
Resting...for Now
Painting 4 -
Title 4 -
Abriq (Lebanese water jug)
Painting 5 -
Title 5 -
Waiting for Jazz

Web Links

Upcoming Shows
Art in the Open, June 19, 2021, St. Albert, Alberta
Artist Website
Artist Web Store
Current Gallery Representation
Studio City

Studio Information

Studio Name
Vanessa Ali |
Studio Phone
Studio Hours
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Studio Address 1
15414 75 Avenue NW Edmonton
Studio Province
Studio Country
Studio Postal Code
T5R 2Z1


Artist Biography
Vanessa Ali is a full-time artist, dividing her time between creating original paintings and working as a graphic and web site designer.

From a very early age, Vanessa displayed a love of design and creativity, from drawing and painting and a flair for understanding the impact and influence on us of the spaces where we live and work. Classes in art and design and drafting were always a part of her elective courses throughout her early school years and at high school.

At the University of Alberta, Vanessa took studio art classes in the department of Fine Arts that included live figure drawing, sculpture and painting. She graduated with a BA in Art History. Right after, she obtained a diploma in Architectural Technology from NAIT and worked for 10 years in a variety of architectural firms producing the plans and specifications for major projects, working in traditional hand-drafting methods and by using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD).

After starting a family, Vanessa became a self-employed graphic designer and expanded into web site design, hosting and management, all under the umbrella of Ali Cat Graphics. Over the past few years, Vanessa has found the time to get back to her original passion of free-hand sketching and painting and she now splits her time equally between graphic/web design and creating the original works displayed on her website (

In addition to dabbling in visual arts, Vanessa loves to perform as a singer, to knit, crochet, make jewellery, play guitar and piano, garden and read great books. She lives with her husband, son and daughter who all patiently share space with all Vanessa's projects that continuously spread throughout the house and garden.

Member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists - Exhibiting Level status.
Artist Statement
The primary forces in my life are colour and light; whether creating a traditional landscape, exploring a thicket of twigs or a forest of trees by capturing negative spaces, or a studying the play of light and reflection on inanimate objects, colour and light make me swoon and yearn to portray their power. I use oil and acrylic on canvas; watercolour, gouache and coloured pencil on watercolour paper, to capture movement, depth, life and light.
Art Instruction Experience
Art 10, 20, 30 at Jasper Place High School

Studio Art Classes (painting, drawing, sculpture, live figure drawing) - University of Alberta

Various classes in architectural rendering and drafting in a variety of mediums at NAIT

Introduction to Watercolours - Instructor: Frank Haddock
Adjudication Experience
Adjudicated and accepted to Exhibiting Level with the Society of Western Canadian Artists (SWCA)
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