Victoria Veedell captures the essence of nature by examining the effects of light on form in the natural world. She has been painting the landscape in one form or another for over 20 years. Originally from Houston, TX she earned a BFA in painting from Texas A & M Corpus Christi. The university years opened her eyes to the world of art. After graduating in 1990 she worked as a studio assistant for Dan Allison and Dixie Friend Gay two prominent Houston Artists. In 1995 she was ready to move to New York to study at NYU. After studying painting for a year at the graduate level she decided to take a job in a contemporary art gallery to learn the business side of art. In 2001, after 7 years in New York, it was time to make a change. This time she moved with her boyfriend to Tokyo and spent 2 years exploring Japan and other parts of Asia. Finally settling in San Francisco in 2003. All the while no matter where she was she continued to paint and exhibit her work. She frequently attends artist in residence programs around the world. For her, attending these programs has become an integral part of her art practice. Her first residency was at the Vermont Studio Center in 2001. Followed by Chitraniketen Artist Residency in India, Kamiyama Artist Residency in Japan and Chalk Hill Artist Residency in Healdsburg, CA. The residencies provide an opportunity for travel and time to paint.
She is represented by Aerena Galleries, Healdsburg, Napa and St. Helena, CA and Secession Art & Design, San Francisco, CA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and art centers and is included in many private and corporate collections. Read more of her exhibition history here.
My paintings are like memories, suggesting landscapes not necessarily seen but felt. They are an emotional response to the environment. I want to share the way I see and feel when I’m out observing in nature. My fascination with the way light affects color and atmosphere keeps me excited to continue to explore and paint new landscapes. I feel like the possibilities are endless. I hope to create a sense of stillness and serenity.
My inspiration comes from my travels both near and far. Travel has become an important component in my work as it allows me to observe and compare gradients of color, light and atmosphere in different geographic locations. My travels have taken me through many places such as Iceland, Shanghai, Kerela (India) and Japan. Whether it’s overseas or around my home in the Bay Area of California, I gather ideas by taking walks and recording my observations with photography and watercolor studies. These become the memory of place and source of inspiration. I make all of my oil paintings in my studio on canvas, paper or wood panel.
I begin a series of paintings by sorting through the photos and small studies. Once I have a selection I want to work with, I begin to paint with a loose under-painting of either bright pink or yellow this allows for a bit of that color to peek through the layers adding excitement to the final painting. I continue to build up the surface through successive layering of colors moving from darks to lights and back again. The paintings are made up of countless layers of paint and glazing of colors. As I paint, I react to subsequent layers until and an inner glow appears and the image emerges.