A British artist living in Rome and Marrakech, Vanessa Somers trained with Professor Odoardo Anselmi of the Vatican Studio of Mosaics. Much of her work is commissioned, and she enjoys collaborating with architects. She takes a fresh approach to this ancient art form, but she follows the Roman rather than the Byzantine method. Her works have been exhibited in Europe and America, and they can be found in various places throughout the world. Somers has taught in Corning and lectured on mosaics elsewhere in the United States.