Vanessa Berlein completed 1st and 2nd year of the fine arts diploma course at Natal Technicon with particular focus on painting and has since then explored many subjects through this medium. However, conceptually she consistently deals with the manifestation of human emotional response to one another as well as the phys- ical landscapes we occupy. Her abstract work is based off of expressing the tension between reality and fantasy playing in her thoughts in reaction to certain music. She refers to this process as a journey through her most private head and heart space, thus the act of painting becomes an important facet of the works. Tension and depth exists within these two dimensional surfaces due to the reflective quality of the metal leaf and glazing as they create varying perspective in relation to different light and the angle viewer looks at it from.