Embark on an enchanting exploration of artistic ingenuity as we venture into the world of Victoria Rose. This interview invites you to uncover the depths of a talented artist whose journey encompasses graphic design, commercial commissions, and an inspiring alter ego, Victoria Rose.
With an 18-year artistic odyssey under her belt, Victoria Rose’s story is a testament to the power of self-discovery and unbridled creative expression. Join us as we unravel the tapestry of her artistry, navigating through influences, inspirations, mediums, and the vivid world of emotions her creations evoke.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art!
With a background in graphic design, I made the decision to embrace the role of a full-time artist 18 years ago. Much of my work is centred around commercial commissions, which sustain my livelihood. However, about a year and a half ago, I felt a compelling need to indulge in a creative pursuit that truly scratched my artistic itch.
In the midst of fulfilling commissioned work, I birthed my pseudonym, Victoria Rose. (The name draws from my mom’s name, Rose, and my daughter’s middle name, Rose.) Through Victoria Rose, I’ve found the freedom to express myself without the constraints of a client’s brief, allowing me to have some fun and explore my creativity on my terms.
How would you describe the art you love creating?
First of all I love the colour pink, so there’s bound to be a pop of that rebellious colour in most of my works. Victoria Rose’s journey is, in essence, a reflection of my own self-discovery. I’m noticing an evolving transformation in my work, and I’m genuinely enjoying this unfolding process. It all began by resurrecting my old collages, inspired by vintage items, characters, and objects that evoke nostalgia. My creative path is guided by a love for colour, playfulness, and anything that rekindles my inner child.
What influences your artistic vision and style?
While design and collage have played significant roles in shaping my style, I’m currently experiencing a desire to transform it further. This brand, Victoria Rose, provides me with the platform to express myself, and I’m constantly inspired by novel ideas and concepts.
My artistic vision revolves around crafting paintings that narrate stories, provoke thought, and more importantly, evoke emotions in viewers. As a predominantly “decorative artist,” my primary goal is to create something aesthetically pleasing. I’ve been told that my pursuit of “prettiness” was a weakness in school, but I firmly believe the world needs more beauty and grace.
Are there any present-day artists whose creations resonate with you and that you find particularly compelling?
Michael Cutlip, a collage artist, has had a profound impact on me with his work. Recently, I’ve also discovered Julia Soboleva, an artist whose eerie paintings deeply move me. I find myself inexplicably drawn to them; they seem to touch a chord within me. Perhaps I was a witch in a previous life. Additionally, Killmany Jo is one of my favourites and a truly inspirational figure.
Among the various materials you engage with, which one do you find the most fulfilling to work with, and what draws you to it?
Surprisingly, my go-to medium is enamel paint. Apart from that, I employ a layering process that involves acrylics, inks, and oils. Clear gesso serves as the connecting thread, weaving these elements together to create layers of magic.
Can you walk us through your artistic process, starting from the initial spark of an idea to the actualisation of the finished artwork?
With my background in graphic design, my creative process begins with crafting a mockup in Photoshop, much like a collage artist would. I piece together fragments from previous paintings and images to form the composition. This is the most creative part of my process as often it just unfolds and I don’t start with any real idea in my head. I then translate this mockup into a tangible artwork to the best of my ability.
Could you share some insights into your current creative endeavours and projects?
Presently, I’m dedicating myself to creating at least one new Victoria Rose artwork each month, as it remains more of a side venture. My aspirations include hosting a solo exhibition in the future. While my Vicky Sanders Art brand provides financial stability, I envision a time when I’ll create art that emanates purely from my heart—my heart’s art.