UUCOB Art Show Artist, Victoria Byers Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 at 11:45 am
Victoria shares her story…
“I am honored to introduce myself as a watercolorist of the Outer Banks. My name is Victoria Byers and I have lived here for thirty two years. During that time I served our community for twenty five years as co-owner of Stop N Shop in Kill Devil Hills which we sold in 2012. Since then I have been able to devote more time to one of my passions, watercolor painting.
I paint regularly with a small group of other watercolorists at the Dare County Arts Council, have exhibited my work locally and around the state since the early 1990’s and have been awarded for my entries. Watercolor painting for me is an outlet for fun, creativity, power and purpose and a way to better my art.
My grandmother was an art teacher and a watercolorist. I have drawn inspiration from her style and subject matter. Experimenting with techniques, developing my own personal story, and taking time to observe my peer’s work, are part of my process. Many of my paintings are of nature, especially flowers, waterscapes and landscapes. My love of nature and the environmental work that I do both locally and with groups in North Carolina, gives me better insight and connection with my subject and of course painting as well. I consider myself a naturalist when it comes to painting as well as the way I conduct my life. Natural settings give me momentum to explore beyond what my eyes see. Antiquing, over the years, for frames is where my painting process begins. I start by choosing a frame from my varied collection. Then in essence, I paint something that I feel belongs in that particular frame. I cut the mat board for all of my pieces and finish the backs for proper hanging- a loose naturalist style with a rustic twist.
Over the years I have had instruction with some of the Outer Banks multi talented artists including James Melvin, Pat Trioani and Fay Davis-Edwards and have attended two workshops featuring international watercolorist Stan Miller.”