Creating my photo collages has always been therapeutic for me. My first pieces, begun in 1996, were based on the colorful geometric designs of Amish quilts. I have striven to hand-craft works that command attention, draw the viewer in, stirring imagination - as well as emotion; unique works that move beyond the photo. In 1998, I began to explore different ways of allowing my collages to take on a third dimension, either by including 3D objects and other materials, or by the use of trompe-líoeil. Other works were created for specific theme shows; on commission; as a means of visual expression, or for experimental purposes. Some collages are from a premeditative idea, while others take me on a journey of their own. In each situation, though, I pay close attention to subject matter, color, texture and lighting. Nature-based pieces are intended to soothe the soul; whereas my trauma series is intensely personal, and intrigues and disquiets the viewer. My hope is to provide resplendent imagery encouraging my audience to see the world as I do, sharing my compassion; my love of nature, the absurd, and my attention to infinite detail.
Born in Liverpool, England, Vicky was awarded a B.Sc. in Graphic Design; Photography and Communications from Manchester College of Art & Design (now Manchester Metropolitan University) in 1969. She designed publicity material and books for Longman, the Publisher, until moving to Canada in 1974. Continuing to work as a Designer for New Designs; various Departments of the Canadian Government, and Banfield Advertising, Vicky then established her own freelance partnership in Ottawa in 1982. A resident of New Jersey since 1987, Vicky has participated in hundreds of Group Shows, and is still active as an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art; the Art Alliance of Monmouth County; Audubon Artists; the Art Society of Monmouth County; the Freehold Art Society; the Noyes Museum, and the Monmouth County Arts Council. She has won numerous awards, both local and national. Solo shows include the Art & Attic, Red Bank; the PNC Bank, Howell; the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury; Little Silver Borough Hall; Poricy Park, Middletown; the ìBlack Boxî, Asbury Park; the Navesink Theater; and Metuchen Public Library.
Vicky is currently working part time at the Guild of Creative Art; exhibiting widely; demonstrating her technique; curating, hanging and judging shows. Her unique hand-crafted photo collages can be found in private collections throughout the USA, Europe and New Zealand.