IDAL Instructor Biography
Vanessa Davisson

Vanessa Davisson has been a professional designer, muralist, educator and illustrator for 40 years. She holds a BFA in Illustration & Advertising Design with Minors in Photography & Painting from Syracuse University, and received her MA in Art History at Arizona State University, specializing in Italian Renaissance Painting.

Her paintings have been recognized in several Juried Competitions as well as by the AZ theater community, having painted 88 shows. She is also a professional decorative artisan specializing in murals and plaster work, teaches middle school Studio and Art History, and has even taught painting onboard Crystal Cruises.

She studied Art History in Italy, Scenic Art at New York’s Cobalt Studios, Drawing at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and, as an Art Director in NY, CA. and AZ, she designed and illustrated several children's books and medical/legal textbooks for publishers in several states. She is married to Dan and has three children and three grandchildren.

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