New art show at Main Street Gallery starting Thursday April 13 running till May 31. Tofino Artist Victoria Leader will be at the gallery in person Saturday April 15 from 7-9pm, an evening out with refreshments, conversation and art.
The show features west coast inspired paintings in acrylics on canvas, abstract land and seascapes framed in cedar wood from Vancouver Island by local craftsman Joel Gray.
In this collection, Victoria has worked mostly in acrylics on canvas and wood, using a layering technique to add texture and movement to the artwork. Her paintings are an expression of her own experiences, using recognisable west coast imagery as a technique to translate a more private message. Inspired first by the natural world for subject matter, the subject is then interpreted in a way that relates on a personal level.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Victoria has a professional background in ocean science and spent her early career as a marine cartographer for the British Royal Navy. While working on technical graphics of coastlines and ocean space, she began to develop her creative career as a painter and illustrator. Now settled in Tofino, seascapes and coastal art remain as a recurring theme in her paintings. Victoria also works as a portrait artist, and specialises in live portrait sketches as well as commissioned pieces. When creating portraits, interaction with the subject is an essential part of the work, and so Victoria will always use her own sketches, photography and experience to lead the final artwork.
Of recent, Victoria divides her time between Canada and India, and is in the process of developing a new Indian portrait project, inspired by time spent with artisans of the country and with acclaimed artists at Jaipur City Palace. She can also be found offering live portrait sketches at Tofino Public Market.