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 saw.
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 throughout the west gathering reference photos for her paintings. Her favorite reference trips include Yellowstone, Yosemite and the deserts surrounding her home. Victoria recognizes the importance of observing her subjects in their natural surroundings. “The key to knowing your subject comes from intensive 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 works in pastels, dry sticks of color that are made from pure, powdered pigment, 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 that it is pastel.”
Victoria attends and shows her work at annual wildlife art shows such as the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show in Seattle, Washington. She has been the featured artist at the Reflections of Nature Wildlife Art Show in Fallbrook, California and the PSWA Duck Carving Competition and Wildlife Art Show in Del Mar, California, February 1999.
She currently lives in Chino Hills, California with her husband John, three dogs, a chinchilla and an ex-racehorse named ‘Alotta Dust’.