Nature holds a special place in my heart, as do animals. They are constant sources of inspiration for my work. Through painting, I seek to express aspects of the emotional connections we have to nature and animals.
Living on an island off the coast of Vancouver, I feel very connected to the land and sea around me. The local seascapes inspire me in many ways. For me they capture a time and place that is both personal and familiar. Often, they will suggest a narrative, or story if you will.
In my process, I usually sketch in charcoal first, to roughly work out an idea for a painting, working directly onto the canvas, occasionally referring to my photos. While painting, I will often have a fleeting thought, from a walk or a dream, that will bring me further insight for the painting.
Painting allows me time each day to pause and reflect on what is most meaningful to me. I like to think that by painting the beauty of what I feel for so deeply, I can create moods for others to reflect on and enjoy. This is the true spirit of my work.
Selected, Juried, And Solo Exhibitions
2018 - Recipient of Artist Residency & Grant, Chateau Orquevaux, France 2018 - February- “Christophe Harbour”, St. Kitts, West Indies (group)
2018 - January- April, Bananas Bistro, resident artist
2017 - January, “Ladies in Cane”, Rivière House, Nevis, West Indies (solo)
2016 - December- March, “Monkey”, Bananas Gallery, Nevis West Indies (solo)
2015 - December- Whistler Film Festival Gallery, Whistler, B.C, Canada (juried)
2015 - “It’s a Wrap”, Bowen Island Arts Council, Bowen Island, B.C, Canada (group)
2015 - “Winter Solstice”, Sugar Cube Gallery, Bowen Island, B.C, Canada (2 person)
2014 - “Bananas!” , Bananas Bistro & Gallery, Nevis, West Indies (solo)
2012 - “A Summer Studio” - Bowen Island, B.C, Canada
2010 - “Monkey See...” - Gallery of Caribbean Art, Barbados, West Indies (solo)
2009 - “Miniature Gala” - Bowen Island Arts Council, Bowen Island, B.C, Canada (group)
2008 - “Still....Life” - Solo Exhibition, Bowen Island Arts Council, Bowen Island, B.C, Canada
Vikki’s lyrically impressionistic paintings explore the fragile beauty of the human relationship with nature. In her words, her landscapes and animal portraits are “quiet reflections of thought intended to stir an emotional response in the viewer.”
In April of 2018, Vikki was awarded an Artist Residency to paint at Château Orquevaux in Champagne, France. Inspired by the French landscape and local Charolais cows, Vikki expanded and deepened her commitment to capturing natural environments and the inner spirits of animals.
A resident of Bowen Island, BC, Vikki is a self taught oil painter who has studied independently with many renowned artists. Her paintings are held in private and public collections in Canada, the US, West Indies & Europe.