FROM A SEED TO A TREE
Over the years Victoria’s work has explored many areas of natural history and wildlife subjects, achieving awards for coloured pencil images of the wolf conservation pack that she used to help look after each week. During the five years she spent as one of the core team, Victoria ran Wolf Art Workshops to help raise money for wolf conservation around the world.
Victoria has always been a mixed media artist, experimenting with all types and combinations of mediums, but in her latest work she uses Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing mediums of natural raw sanguine, black and white chalk and ox gall ink that she makes herself, to draw the beauty of trees throughout the seasons. Victoria works on a variety of different surfaces and papers depending on the textures of the subjects. Victoria’s love of trees began as a child when she spent more time up a tree than she did on the ground, watching quietly, as she lay along a bough watching for animals that would pass below.
For Victoria, drawing is the most exciting and important part of producing art. It is in the observation and recording that she learns and develops an understanding of the subject she has chosen to study. Most of her work is drawn directly from life or a combination of observed drawings, notes and photographic reference, which she takes herself.
Victoria loves all the seasons, as each has its own unique beauty, but she find that winter is the most interesting as the bare bones or skeleton of the tree are clearly visible. This helps to give her an understanding of how and why the tree leaves, sit and hang from the branches. In these times of what seems to be a mindless destruction of trees and hedgerows, in favour of concreate environments and straight cut lines and over trimmed habitats; Victoria feels she needs to record her observations of our beautiful trees, without which we would not be here.
“We need nature for our physical and mental wellbeing. Having always had an affinity to the Native American Indian philosophy of our kinship with all life on this amazing planet whether it be walking, running, swimming, crawling or flying; Our connection to nature is as important as breathing. We all rely on each other for our existence, it is for this reason that I continue to work, in hope that my art will, in some way help and encourage others to be aware and treasure all the diverse life and habitats on earth, and above it”
Over the years Victoria has been a member of MIWAS showing regularly every year in the Annual Exhibition at Marwell Zoo with Pip McGarry and other artists, and later with MIWAS at Rooksbury Park. Victoria has also exhibited with AAA at Frodsham Cheshire and the NWAS at Banham Zoo Norfolk. Due to time restrictions that teaching has on her work schedule Victoria is now only a member of TWASI and the UKCPS
Among Victoria’s awards are:
The Best Wildlife Painting at Menier Gallery London with the UKCPS in 2017 with a coloured pencil painting "Partners."
In 2013 she received A Commended (3rd place) with “Portrait of a Wolf” in the BBC Wildlife artist of the year competition at MIWAS Exhibition. This large piece of work showed many postures and expressions of the wolf during its every day life.
In 2011 received a Gold Citation for a coloured pencil painting called “The Alpha” with in the TWASI Annual Exhibition.
In 2010 received the Best Public Vote in the UKCPS exhibition with a portrait called “Cheza”
In 2012 she was awarded a Highly Commended in Wildscape Magazine Artist of the Year with an image called “Fight for Alpha “
Victoria was also short listed for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year with two coloured pencil paintings. “Looking at me Looking at you“ which shows an chimpanzee with a sack wrapped around him and laying on a shelf in his pen. The second image shortlisted was an image entitled "The Amur Prince" which was a study of the endangered Amur Leopard.