Victoria’s journey into creativity began as a toddler, when her grandmother put a paint brush in her hand as soon as she was able to hold it. Soon joining the tools of the craft on her platform for self-expression was “Magic Music”–the four year old’s definition for Pink Floyd, The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, and Loreena McKennitt, among others.
Other music genres eventually joined Victoria’s realm of self-expression, where she spent half of her free time as a youth. The other half was given to Nature – playing in the woods, riding bikes, swimming in the waters, climbing trees. As the two worlds intertwined, she found her first true passion.
“After school and in the summer months, I would ride my bike to the Shillington park and climb out onto my favorite tree which had fallen over into the pond,” recalls Victoria. “With one ear listening to my Walkman and the other listening to the woods, I would sit there for hours with my sketchbook drawing and writing, becoming one with all the life that surrounded me.”
Victoria artistic vision has continued to bloom and evolve since then. Yet it remains rooted to those seminal hours in Shillington Park, sketching visions of life from the tree that had fallen over the pond.
“The simple yet profound realization that we are all united and interdependent revealed a meaningful goal: To create artwork that enhances our understanding of this magical world we share, and to remind us of our responsibility to preserve that beauty which protects and nurtures us on every step of our path in this life.”