She is 17 years old and her paintings are priced between $3,000 and $5,000.
She attends Coronado High School and is a member of both the CoSa Program and The Art Kids of San Diego County. She started painting at nine years old, selling them at eleven and now at 17 years old they are worth 3 to 5 thousand dollars.
17 year old Vanessa Schnurer, is getting better with each painting she does. Her ability to paint is incredible for a young artist. The technique and maturity of her work is at an art major level with a master's degree in fine arts. She started painting when she was nine through The Art Kids of San Diego County. The program was in Imperial Beach and now holds classes in Chula Vista. Seems as though the City of Imperial Beach didn't think art was important enough for the kids, so they moved to Chula Vista where they are warmly welcomed by the community.
The program has prepared 8 students for professional positions in art. Some going on to college or a university to make a further study of art. Vanessa is getting ready for college and studying as an art major. Art provides confidence for young people and gives them hope for a good future. Lives have been changed through the arts as it provides activities that give confidence to their young minds.
The Art Kids opened the doors for those with some learning disabilities and art has allowed them a leveling ground for their social lives. It allows them to express themselves in others ways that they did not have access to. It gives these young people a chance to be show they are equal and accepted by those who do not have handicaps. Art provides a platform in which their talents can make them stronger inside and thus conquer their fears of being different.
Each time a person who is young or old, picks up a brush, pencil or clay they are actively changing themselves and the world around them. We no longer look at them as handicapped but instead we look at them as artists. So someone like Vanessa who is extremely talented and has always been accepting of others can show a real compassion towards her fellow artist as she builds a better community for all to enjoy.