A Snatch of Other-Worldliness
Winslow Homer has always led me to the mysteries of painting the tropics. His “vacationing Florida” watercolours give me a sense of wildness, of light within light, of palm fronds and water. With that in mind, it is hardly surprising that my own paintings veer towards the changing colours and lighting of the southern marshes, of the saw grasses and cabbage palms and any subject matter as long as it moves with water. To me, this subject matter is limitless and I have yet to find a palm tree I didn’t fall in love with.
For Winslow Homer, his brush captured all the fluidity of a tropical heat mirage – and you know, I like that. A snatch of other-worldliness. This is exactly the nature of nature which I strive to capture.
ArtTalk Vicki Collett - July 2020
You Make Choices How to Spend Your Life
To hear Victoria May Collett tell it, she descends from a family of wayward Aussie artists. Her grandfather possessed an artistic gene which generationally passed to Vicki’s mother, then to her sister and herself. She studied art throughout school, and during a rash period of what could only be described as sensibility amok, she entered a four-year nursing program, studied midwifery, and finally trained as a surgical nurse. Vicki then traveled the world from Australia to the U.S. via Europe and ultimately landed in New York City as an operating room nurse. At that time she finally turned back to her first love, the formal study of art.
To say she is accomplished is less a depiction than to say she has passion for all things art. Vicki immersed herself in fine arts and has extensive training in watercolor, oil painting and print-making. She is also a published author who along the way made time for a Master of Arts degree in writing from Manhattanville College in New York. She and her writing colleague are about to have their third novel published, featuring, of course, the Georgia coastal island she calls home.