Sydney born, Vicki has always had a hankering to travel. She has lived in most States of Australia, as well as in Borneo, Indonesia. Currently, she and her husband travel and fulltime pet/house sit up and down the East coast of Australia, from Hervey Bay in Qld, to Tasmania.
Vicki has felt a need to paint since her early childhood and although she has “dabbled” in various forms of art (folk art, ceramics, mosaic, sculpture) since the early 90’s, a strong desire to learn to paint has always been her ultimate wish. Forever grateful for a comment from a friend, “what are you waiting for”; this was the impetus to make it a priority.
Attending the Dookie Art Attack (Victoria) under the guidance of Terry Jarvis, (Bendigo watercolourist) and with Helen Cottle (acrylics) provided a good kickstart. Since then, Vicki has attended several workshops in watercolour, acrylics, pastel and mixed media. Vicki tends to join art groups and art classes in each location she is housesitting. This has given her exposure to a wide variety of tutors and techniques. She finds there is always something new to learn and experiment with.
Photography and travel are other passions, both of which provide a wealth of inspiration. Vicki has been taking photos for many years, whilst living and holidaying in many parts of Australia, as well as Asia, Africa and Europe.
She loves colour and leans towards painting the colours of the landscape. Many things excite her to paint: morning light, afternoon light, reflections on a muddy track, morning fog swirling around haybales, the grandeur of granite rocks, sunrise, sunset, a breathtaking view, big skies, stormy skies, oceans, rivers, local birdlife, native gums, a dew drop, a fleeting expression. Vicki loves working in watercolour, Caran d'Ache NeocolorII water soluble wax pastels, watercolour pencil and acrylic.
Vicki has sold a number of paintings (both local and overseas) and has been commissioned numerous times.