Vanessa Porras is a printmaking artist and an art educator. She specializes in relief printing including woodcuts and linocuts. Her artistic practice also includes mixed media and visual journaling. Her body of work explores themes of femininity, nature, and the psyche.
As an educator, Vanessa has worked for various organizations and institutions throughout the Roaring Fork Valley including, the Aspen Art Museum, VOICES, The Art Base, Rosybelle Mobile Maker Bus and Valley Settlement Project, among others. Vanessa is a gallery committee member of Carbondale Arts R2 Gallery and recently co-curated the exhibition, “Identidad y Libertad”. She is a board member for the local newspaper, The Sopris Sun, where she writes a monthly column titled, “Al No Artista”, for the Spanish Insert, El Sol del Valle. Vanessa is a bilingual and bicultural artist who is passionate about mental health advocacy, cultural equity and art education as a means to create bridges between the Latino and Anglo communities. Her purpose is to make art and creativity accessible to those who feel it is out of reach. Vanessa obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Colorado Mesa University in 2018.