After completing a Fine Art degree at Oxford Brookes University, Vicki took her art to the streets, leaving a trail of paint through Europe, painting murals both inside and out. She resumed studio practice around a decade ago and began to draw with enthusiasm.
Always with a fascination for faces, she took inspiration from women of the past, particularly self portraits by historical women artists, and used drawing as a method for exploring their stories and present perception. Through drawing, creativity and destruction live side by side – scratching, erasing, reworking, sandpapering, tearing and reforming until the image becomes a ghost of its former self.
Recent work has continued with the idea of self portaiture and how we choose to depict ourselves, but in the context of the modern world of social media. How we curate our online face and how the real person inevitably seeps through is explored in the Face|Look|Friends series of paintings.
Though the face never loses its appeal, at times her professional world of plants creeps into her art. Working as a kitchen gardener and conservationist, and with an MSc in plant recording, she’s never far away from a new plant interest. The occasional drawing series of plant portraits aims to bring the same individuality into fallen leaves and fruit as to people.
As well as regular group shows and open studios, Vicki has shown the Woman of Genius works in a solo show at Maidstone Museum and Face|Look|Friends at a joint show in the Brentford Gallery.
Vicki lives on a boat and has a studio by the canal in West London.