Victoria has had a vast career as a working artist. Her first inspiration to paint and draw began from an early age when her father regularly took her badger watching in the woods that backed onto their family home in Warwickshire. Along with this, and watching the resident fox family empty the bins every day, she has had a love affair with nature, and a compulsion to paint animals, wildlife and habitats. She began her journey as an artist after leaving art school. She worked in a graphics studio and and as a freelance illustrator for local newspapers as well as doing wildlife commissions.
As a freelance artist, Victoria has not only worked for card companies but has also created her own line of calenders and cards which have always been very successful. She has been featured on Cable TV and her work has been taken to Europe, the USA and Canada and in private collections. She has held solo shows and has been featured in many exhibitions during her long career. Not only is she a working artist, she also works as a tutor, running her own art groups around Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. (Please visit the ‘classes’ section of the website for more information) Victoria also gives regular demonstrations and workshops for art groups and societies around the country..
Although Victoria loves all wildlife, her main passion is the wolf. As a volunteer with the Anglian Wolf Society she spends at least one day a week helping to look after the pack. This is an activity that is very important to her. It also allows her to study and draw their behaviour, which she is recording in a journal, and will eventually publish. One of Victoria’s ambitions is to illustrate a book on the year in the life of the wolf in North America, as well as pictorially studying and painting the most endangered Red Wolf .
Victoria is a member of, Natural World Art Group ( NWAG ) The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, The United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS), Association of Animal Artists (AAA ) and The Anglian Wolf Society,(AWS) for whom she produces original work and prints for wolf conservation. The Society for All Artists (SAA) The Natural History Society, Butterfly Conservation and the RSPB
In 2010 she won best public vote in the UKCPS annual exhibition for the portrait of a wolf called ‘Cheza’. In 2011 she received a gold citation at TWASI for the portrayal of animal behaviour typical of the species these also depicted wolves and is entitled ’The Alpha” (These images can be seen on the ‘photos’ section of the website)
NEWS VICTORIA HAS JUST RECEIVED THE EXCITING NEWS THAT SHE HAS HAD TWO PAINTINGS SHORTLISTED FOR THE BBC WILDLIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2013 (pictures can be seen in the ART section of this website)
In July Victoria was awarded a Highly Commended Award in Wildscape Magazine’s “Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012” for another image of wolves called “Fight for Alpha” this painting can be viewed on the photo’s section of this website.
“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”
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