Hi! I’m Victoria
Fine Artist, Designer/Patternmaker, Writer
Hi, I’m Victoria and I’m a fine artist working predominantly in watercolour, graphite and pen. This wasn’t always so; until recently I was a designer/patternmaker and my life was totally consumed by fashion. In fact, I almost believed the earth revolved around it and I didn’t give much thought to anything else…until my enthusiasm for it waned…bigtime!
My graphite pencils crept into my workspace…and not to sketch any more wedding gowns.
I worked with watercolour during art classes at school in Auckland and found the capricious nature of it nearly drove me to lunacy. I naively thought fashion design and patternmaking was an easier path!
I was one of two top students in Art at school but on the other end of the spectrum I was one of two bottom students of my class in Maths! Fashion and art…guess what they both require constantly?
My fashion career had served me well in Auckland then onto London, Melbourne and Sydney, working for large corporate companies and high-profile designers, but in the past few years it is art and writing which took hold of my heart.
Artistically, I’m so inspired by three wonderful books I was given as a child, they are still so valuable to me, emotionally and physically. Their whimsical and quirky illustrations blend together joy, love and the all important humour.
Born Free and Living Free by Joy Adamson. These books set me on a path of undying love for cats…the bigger the better and I realised a dream of working with lions, tigers, wolves and my absolute favourites, cheetahs, in 2010 in Bloemfontein, Africa. I love all animals, except slithery ones, but my love of cats is beyond insane and have illustrated a series of cats with a dog series to follow.
Rupert Bear by Alfred Bestall. The scenes of Rupert’s house with leadlight windows and snow falling outside were always something I wanted to experience. Auckland was never going to see snow and when I finally lived in England for a few years those scenes came to fruition for me. Utter magic!
Caroline and Her Friends by Pierre Probst. This book has the most enchanting illustrations of Caroline travelling around Europe with her anthropomorphic animal friends. The facial expressions on all the characters inject laughter in me every single time I pick up this wonderful book.
What takes me away from my art? Not much actually, but you may find me doing Iyengar yoga, attempting astrophotography on the Milky Way, at the cinema, walking by the beach with the fabulous sound of waves crashing, or writing somewhere quiet.
If you have a quirky personality and a love of animals, we’d get along great!