Featured Artist Victoria Moore

New Zealand artist Victoria Moore presents an engaging collection of nature-inspired illustrations and paintings. Find more of her portfolio on her website.

 

abstract watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Blue Dragons” watercolor and ink, 30cm x 42cm

 

I was born in England. When I was very young, my family emigrated to New Zealand, which always felt to me like a country at the bottom of the world that was so far away from everywhere else.

 

abstract watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Whirl Pearl” watercolor and ink, 42cm x 30cm

 

I came to painting late in the game, most likely because of my upbringing. In my generation you were supposed to get a “real” job and become a doctor, lawyer or bookkeeper, but never an artist. I felt I was a frustrated creator for most of my life until I reached forty. At that point, I went back to school with the fifteen-year-olds to get my “School C” which is the New Zealand equivalent of a United States high school diploma.

 

abstract watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Heavenly medicine circle” watercolor and ink, 45cm x 40cm

 

Of course, I went back to get top marks in art. I received A pluses and yes, I was so proud of myself—a single parent going to school with my five-year-old. We even made our school lunches together at night.

 

figurative watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Heloise of Heron Isles” watercolor and ink, 30cm x 42cm

 

This was the beginning of my art journey. I painted in acrylics because I was too scared to try anything else. I painted women because I loved their shape, their faces, their femininity, their flow.

 

figurative watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Pohutukawa Girl” watercolor and ink, 30cm x 42cm

 

When I sold my first painting, I was overjoyed that someone wanted to pay me for an idea that I had put on canvas. That was more than twenty years ago. I’m still painting and know this is my passion; whether it sells or not is irrelevant.

 

figurative watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Queen of Quacks” watercolor and ink, 30cm x 42cm

 

I create every day, and now it seems I have a hundred ideas in my brain at any moment. Some ideas I have to let go of, because there isn’t the time in a day or even in a year!

 

abstract watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Diagram #1 Lilac” watercolor and ink, 42cm x 30cm

 

The older and more confident I get, the more ideas come forth. I love to write, draw and paint and I love sharing this passion with others. Sometimes I create workshops that help people grow within, and I use art as the vehicle to drive it.

 

floral watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Armistice Poppy” watercolor and ink, 30cm x 42cm

 

Up until the beginning of 2020 I had always painted in oils, but I became very ill and could no longer stand the smell of the process. Being stuck in bed for several months caused me to look for online classes I could take that weren’t oils. I found a beginner’s guide to watercolours in Spanish (I had to turn the sound off and read the English subtitles). This opened up a whole new world to me. I can’t believe how much I improved in a year.

 

abstract watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Diagram Fungi” watercolor and ink, 42cm x 30cm

 

I have always been fascinated by patterns and old books, things like the Codex Leicester, a collection of scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci or the Aztec Codex. It’s the ancestor of books!

 

abstract watercolor and ink painting by Victoria Moore

“Wax-eye at the altar” watercolor and ink, 30cm x 42cm

 

There are patterns upon patterns—what we call chaos are just old patterns we haven’t recognized. Our lives are governed by patterns. I make up circles within circles, maps about nature, patterns with women caring for small things. There’s joy in repetition, joy in small creatures, birds, leaves, flowers and the Great Mother.

 

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