Vanessa Raw photographed by Romilly Lockyer
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT … my oil paints, canvas, books … and coffee!
I RELAX BY … painting or reading my philosophy books.
I LIKE TO … see my friends in my spare time, it is not as often as like though.
I THINK BEAUTY IS … confidence in ones own skin.
MY FRIDGE USUALLY CONTAINS … spinach, eggs and salmon.
MY EXERCISE ROUTINE IS … usually swim first thing for 90 minutes, either a run session or bike session in the evening or vice versa. Often one of those will be deleted for a gym session.
MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY TREATMENT THAT LEAVES ME LOOKING AND FEELING NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL IS … I’ve recently followed the trend of using Sudocream on the face – I use it all over at night – it actually works, as it sorts out any spots!
MY NUMBER ONE BEAUTY TIP IS … drink lots of water and use a SPF cream on the face daily.
Vanessa started triathlons in 2005 with her first international debut in 2006, taking fourth place at the Under 23 Worlds and 10th at the Beijing Olympics test event. In the five years from 2006 to 2010, Vanessa took part in 26 ITU competitions and achieved 8 top ten positions, among which were 3 medals. After her first and successful triathlon year in 2006 Vanessa suffered a setback due to a knee injury in 2007 but she eventually managed to bounce back even stronger and currently combines her passions of high performance triathlon and painting following a degree in Fine Art, which she completed in 2009, the year in which she also won two silver and a bronze medal at (Premium) European Cups. 2011 was a particularly fabulous year for Vanessa with her winning both the Windsor British Triathlon Super Series and the Eliat ITU Triathlon European Cup in Israel, as well as being featured in GQ magazine’s 100 Best Things in the World Right Now!
Vanessa has a huge interest in meditation, the subconscious and conscious mind, and the links to the body. People inspire her all the time – whether that be the inspirational greats like Nelson Mandela; sporting heroes like Kelly Holmes; or the relatively unknown people who inspire her on a daily basis. Vanessa also gets a huge amount of inspiration from artists ranging from Mark Rothko and Peter Doig to Turner, Wolfgang Tillmans and Franci Bacon. An eclectic range for sure! Vanessa is always painting in between training and will be exhibiting her art works later in 2012 – a series of large portraits of inspiring individuals that she respects and admires, including David Walliams, Jude Law, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Olympian David Millar.
Vanessa hopes to be remembered as the artist who did triathlon as opposed to the triathlete who painted.
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