Nessa, of Bats in the Belfry Art, is a hard of hearing illustrator based in Guelph, Ontario. She has been creating art since she could walk. Starting with building sculptures, as there was tonnes of tinfoil around the home. Later she focused on live sketching of farm animals in her youth.

In her teenage years she moved onto acrylic painting, and continues to enjoy using that medium the most. She loves to tell stories and capture movement in her art, evoking moods and nostalgia with her color choices. Copic markers and bristol board are equally adored, when not painting.

She credits her co-op with Davidson-Pilon photography as hugely beneficial to her artistic eye. She learned valuable lessons regarding lighting and prop/people display and how to take a great photo, such skills are highly valuable for commercial work.

Working with neon colors the most, her mood swings dictate the color of choice when not working on commissions. She is a proud mum of two young children, and they are the biggest source inspiration for her.

Artists she has always admired and been inspired by: Warhol, Renoir, Van Gogh, Dali, Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)

Hobbies include but not limited to: gardening, reading, going punk rock shows, sitting by a body of water with coffee or tea in hand.

She has has undertaken numerous private commissions over the years. Her mural work was in Davidson-Pilon Photography studios, St.Joseph’s retirement home, seen on the University of Guelph daycare windows, on display at the Ontario Summer Games. She loves to work with clients and help to bring their visions to life. Her work can be found in private collections around the world, with art collectors based in the U.K, California, Barcelona and Finland.


 Emotions drive my passion to create art. The color choices are intuitively picked, during the whirlwind frenzy that it is for me when bringing something to life.

The end result is vibrant colors and a visual intensity that people feel inspired by.

Continual practice and the personal desire to see myself grow as an artist, keeps me motivated. As a member of my hometown’s art council, it keeps me a part of the community and up to date.

Link to my art council profile. https://guelpharts.ca/profile/Batsinthebelfryart/