Vanessa Riddle is originally from Knoxville, TN., but has lived in Chattanooga for over 20 years. She says that art has always been her passion. She recalls doing art since she was very young, drawing on the walls and furniture and playing in the mud. She lives with Schizoaffective Disorder but manages her mental health with medication and support from her loving family. She uses art as a means of coping and sees her creative process as a form of meditation. She loves to create watercolor paintings and pottery. She sees art as an illusion or dream, and says that her paintings and pottery define who she is.