Victoria grew up in Florida, where art became important to her at an early age. Unbeknownst to her, her father saved all of her early art projects from grade school. She learned early on that her parents’ wish for her was a career more aligned with a professional occupation and not art. As a result, she became a Registered Nurse, specializing in cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology. She married a wonderful man and moved to Colorado and had two wonderful daughters. The yearning for a creative outlet manifested itself initially in oil painting. Pregnancies caused her to put the paints away for several years. Her realization point occurred when she took a furniture painting class from MaryAnn Dixon who taught at Julianne’s in Golden. It was there that she created a piece which MaryAnn thought had a watercolor element to it. A few years later, following the encouragement of her sister-in-law Barb Grogan, she started taking classes at Judy Patti’s in Littleton. Since retiring from nursing, Victoria has had more time to dedicate to her art and art education. She has been most inspired by artists Nancy Condit, Jackie McFarland and Judy Patti. Ultimate inspiration comes from God.
I am in awe of the brilliant colors in flowers that I see and I am fascinated by their designs and shapes. I believe my love of gardening has, in part led me to my passion for florals. I was drawn to watercolor for its reputation as a difficult media but simplicity in portability. Watching the paint and paper work together brings me joy and angst at the same moment. In plein aire, I have become acutely aware of the nature of God and his perfect and rich palette. The beauty I see around me translates into my art.