Image - Steve Leimberg, UnseenImages.com
Vickie always loved art but did not pursue it until anticipating retirement. She began taking classes with a local teacher off and on for seven years while still working a busy career. The experience enriched her life. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creating expression and knowledge.” (Albert Einstien), and Cleda Curtis Neal, a professional portrait artist, certainly attained that for Vickie. Cleda taught Vickie the foundations of using oils, color theory and composition in painting.
Walks on the beach or marshes now inspire Vickie’s subjects. Her aim is to share with the viewer the natural beauty that she is fortunate to experience. She hopes to capture that which will never be seen again in exactly that light with those subjects and aspects which captured her attention and awe. Vickie chose oil painting as her medium because she likes the richness of colors, the buttery consistency, and the slow drying time.
In her first two years of study, she entered and won awards in two juried competitions. She became a member of the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery in 2016 serving on committees and as board secretary. Vickie’s paintings can be viewed also at Island Art Association where she has served on that board and committees and was named Artist of the Year in 2017.