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About Vicki 

This world cannot survive without art.  For me, art is a reflection of all that is around us. From the earliest days of humanity, we have always been driven to try to capture and then express what we think, see, feel, believe and touch.  This need to create is what drives all artists in any genre. 

 

In my work, I portray the world as I see it, as it exists in my own mind or sometimes what I would prefer to see.  In my own way, I honor the natural world of flowers, water, landscapes, faces, animals, figures, and the events that affect our world.  

I work almost exclusively with water-based media because water is such an interesting and challenging element.  It goes where it wants to go.  I have learned to let it speak for itself. I am drawn to strong color, strong shapes and strong composition.  But I add in occasional bits of paper, fabric and fun stuff, just for good measure. 

My painting career began as a hobby, nearly 20 years ago, while active in my career as a public relations consultant, communications director, and writer, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Since retirement, I have worked with a variety of water media and collage elements, playing with different techniques, attending workshops and classes to explore new styles.  In 2014, I moved to California which has opened even more doors to me as an artist.  

I have exhibited in galleries and special shows in both Kentucky and California.  Currently, I am a member of Arts Benicia and serve as vice-chair of the Board of Directors.  In Benicia, my work can be seen at HQ Gallery, 333-D First Street and Java Point Cafe, 366 First Street. 

Exhibits

2019

  • Juried into national exhibit, "Expressions," Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, California,​"Daylily in Red," June 4 - July 6

  • Juried into national show, Reflectivity: Artists on Climate Change, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, California, April 20 - June 2 

  • "Painted Ladies", The Gallery at 216, Estey Real Estate, Benicia, California. One of four women artists selected to participate

  • "The Art of the Community," Arts Benicia, Benicia.  Annual members showcase, 2014-2019

  • Showing work with Camel Barn Artists Group, Java Point Cafe, Benicia, 2016-current

2018

  • 55th Annual NorCal Art Exhibit,  Fairfield Suisun Visual Arts Association, Fairfield, California.  "Wildfire" was accepted into this important regional exhibit. 

  • "Into the Field: Botanical Lore," Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA. My painting "Lemon Women," was juried into the exhibit.

Previous

  • Solo show at Umpqua Bank, Benicia, 2017

  • Featured artist at Gallerie Renee Marie, Benicia, 2016

  • American Canyon Arts Foundation annual exhibit, 2015-2016.  In 2015, awarded second place in the watercolor division for  painting, "The Joy of Koi"

  • Rosanna's Bakery, Benicia, CA, 2015-2016

  • Gallery 104, La Grange, Kentucky, 2010 - 2014.  Participated in many exhibits.  In a 2014 exhibit entitled "Red," awarded Best of Show

  • Jewish Community Center, Emerging Artists Exhibit, Louisville, Kentucky, 2010.  Took top honors for abstract painting, "Awakening"

Workshops & Classes

Diane Williams & Chuck Potter, 2018 & 2019

Karen Knutsen, 2009, 2017

Dale Leitenin, 2015

Laura Lein-Svencer, 2013 

Sterling Edwards, 2012

Carol Cooper, 2012

Elise Beattie, 2011

Judy Greenberg, 2011

Karlyn Holman, 2010

Ghost Ranch Watercolor Workshop with Gail McDaniel, 2008, 2009