Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

Vanessa is an archaeologist and an artist. She oscillates between these two poles of her personality and explores the many iterations of her reality in her art journal. She loves to share her art and process with others.

My art journal journey started when we were posted to Hong Kong in 2010. I found myself at a loss being a stay-at-home mother since I identify so strongly with my profession. One night, I came across a book about art journaling and a light went on in my head. I thought ‘I can do this!…I want to do this!’. I left the bookstore with that book (1000 Artist Pages) and a sketchbook. Since that time, I have been on a creative journey. My art journaling comes from a deep place, it is my way of coping with sometimes overwhelming feelings about what is happening in my life. My journal is a place where I never censor myself; where I can be angry, sad, petulant or joyful without self-restraint. I choose what to share, my journal is my confidant. Therefore the pages I make are absolutely raw and honest and gritty. They are my truth.