Meet Vanessa: an artist, traveler, museum junkie, and animal lover who hopes to own a dog one day. Partially inspired by her older cousins who loved to draw, she continued to pursue art throughout grade school and her collegiate years. Vanessa uses painting as a way of challenging herself. She starts with setting up a problem and works through the complexities to finish the painting. One problem she encountered with this particular piece is that it didn't look the way she wanted it to look like, a cookie. Also, in deciding on the background, she didn't want it to be look two dimensional. In solving these problems she worked with the light and darkness in the painting until they were in harmony. Her passion for art has allowed her to create beauty in objects that may seem ordinary yet have different meaning when viewed from another perspective.