Victoria was born to an
artistic family in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her love of the outdoors started at
a very early age and naturally progressed to painting the wildlife she
In 1984,she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California, receiving a BA in Theater and Film Production. After graduation, she worked extensively in the film and television industry. She worked on the television shows Cheers, Wings, Arsenio Hall, and films including Pretty woman and the bodyguard. It did not take long until she felt pulled back to wildlife painting and now pursues her art full-time.
She travels extensively to gather reference photos for her paintings. Favorite reference trips include Yellowstone, Alaska and Africa.. Victoria recognizes the importance of observing her subjects in their natural surroundings. "The key to knowing your subject comes from extensive research of anatomy, behavior, and habitat. The actual painting time of a piece is only a fraction of the work; the rest is research".
Victoria's work is primarily in pastels, dry sticks of color that are made of pure, powdered pigment and mixed with a small amount of gum binder. A variety of surfaces are used to achieve a wide range of moods in her paintings. Each piece is composed of layer after layer of blended pastel strokes, sharpening the sticks to fine points to achieve a level of detail rarely seen in this medium. "Detail is what I love and I most enjoy it when people look at my work and can't believe it's a pastel".
Victoria attends and shows her work at annual wildlife art shows throughout the country. Her painting, Princes of the Serengeti, is included in the Best of Wildlife Art 2. Victoria is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
She recently moved to Elk River, Minnesota with her husband, John, three dogs, two rabbits, a chinchilla, a canary and their two horses.
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