Victoria studied at Camberwell College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, graduating with BA Fine Art, First Class Honours. She is based in London, and works in her Notting Hill studio, painting and drawing figurative works and also commissions of people and pets. She regularly exhibits in London and the US. She is represented by GX Gallery.
My work aims to communicate the intensity of the painted figure through pose, gesture and expression. I enjoy mixing traditional oil techniques with modern mediums to create contemporary figurative images. The changing surfaces, materials and compositions act to heighten the figurative image in each piece.
Whilst the figures are painted thinly in oils, the backgrounds use modern light-reflective pigments, taking the subject out of their original context. Using people I know as models, I direct the figures into theatrical or dramatic poses and gestures. I then paint from photographs and drawing studies to retain the momentary immediacy of the original photo shoot. A shifting dynamic is created between the individual details and the cachet of iconic images we recognise.
It is important to me that in my portrait commissions I not only capture the likeness of a person, but also their character and personality. As with my figurative pieces, I work mainly from carefully thought-out photography sessions and several drawing studies.