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Victor in the Studio

ABOUT THE ARTIST

50+ Years of Making Art

"The greatest natural painter I've ever met,"

Paul Heald, Seattle artist

NORTHWEST

I attended the Cornish School of Fine Arts in Seattle, WA, which unzipped the outer shell of my family’s traditions and expectations.  I painted in the Northwest for 8 years.  The Northwest became the foundation for my journey as an artist.  I painted in a variety of places from a house on Capitol Hill in Seattle close to where I went to art school at Cornish School of Fine Arts, to a storefront close to downtown Seattle, to an old farmhouse in Skagit Valley without heat or many windows, to a waterfront studio/gallery where I lived in La Conner. In the Northwest my palate was limited, mostly blacks, grays, off-whites, and earth reds. 

Dragon Swan

Dragon Swan, 1974 

BY SOUTHEAST
White Wolf

I moved to the Southeast in 1977 and painted another 12 years.  When I moved to the Southeast, I began to explore with color, expanding the palate I was using, and I began exploring my own inner space, seeking, always seeking to discover a vision. 

White Wolf, 1983

Shaman's Robe

Shaman's Robe 

1980's

Shaman's Drum

Shaman's Drum, 1987

BY SOUTHWEST

While visiting the Sonoran Desert in 1989, I heard the desert call me.  I’ve been painting in the Southwest now for over 30 years.  The Southwest, in particular the Sonoran Desert, has been a powerful muse for me, influencing my art through osmosis, flowing through me, offering its essence which becomes my vision, and helping me celebrate color in my work. 

Sonoran Light One
Our Lady of the Sonoran, 1998

Our Lady of the Sonoran

1998

Sonoran Light One, 2003

NORTHWEST

BY SOUTHEAST

BY SOUTHWEST

Dragon View, 2007

Three sensibilities, three different lights, three different environments; all synthesized into what I create today. 

Dragon View, 2007

Each environment added to my work, ever expanding

what I bring to each canvas. 

Tribal Elder, 2021
Boot Canyon, AZ

Boot Canyon, AZ  
2018

Tribal Elder, 2021

"One of the best artists, I have ever known."

Bill E.

VSR in Studio
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My subject matter is landscape, shamanic figures, animals, and the power I find in the land that reflects this beautiful place on earth.  I’ve been called a visionary, but it’s not true…I’m an explorer.  The adventure of art for me is to discover, through materials, a way to bring a new and different eye to an every day idea, to re-create nature not just copying or imitating what is seen, but by making visible what is not yet seen, discovering the unknown waiting below the surface where the paint talks to me and hopefully to you.

Red Fox, 2022

Red Fox, 2021

Deer Dancer 1, 1993-94

For example, take a Yaqui Deer Dancer or a Mountain Landscape.  To a certain degree I paint the way a Yaqui Deer Dancer appears however, my emphasis is to reach for the essence, the magic, the transformation, the unseen, the natural blending with the supernatural. 

Deer Dancer I, 1993-1994

 Although, I know I always fall short of the mark, I leave a record of my exploring, reaching, and aiming.  My goal is not to paint a picture but rather to paint a window into a universe often obscure from everyday eyes. 

The Prophet, 2016

The Prophet, 2016

Father Kino

Father Kino, 1990's

Then, if it calls for it, I refine and tighten the image, bringing the work into focus.  Now the paint is talking.  But words are not enough.  The painting must have a resonance, a depth that goes beyond words or pictures.  An 'X' Factor. Then the work can leave the studio. 

Sometimes I start with painting a very graphic image of the land, a person, an animal. Then, I negate the obvious to separate, distinguish, define, and discover.  I don’t seek because seeking implies one knows the image sought.  Instead, I eventually discover a vision, an essence, a secret waiting below the surface. I paint until a little voice says, “Whoa!  Take a look, Victor.  It’s Father Kino."  "It’s an angel." 

Monsoon Sunset Tianzi Mountains, 2019

Monsoon Sunset Over the Tianzi Mountains 

2019

Making art for me is an act of wonderment and wonder is a large part of my religion. Within that wonder is the seat of my humility and having a relationship with the Creator.

"[This] is what makes you a great artist. I always enjoy seeing your work ."

Elizabeth T-S

 

ARTISTS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED MY WORK 

Artist Influencer:  Chaim Soutine

Artist Influencer: Chaim Soutine

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"As a young artist in my formative years, dozens of painters in the past influenced me. As time went by those influences sink back into the subconscious and only when you dig deep into the history of the artist will you see those influences as subtle as that may be. "  

VSR, 2022