Hello, I am an artist, designer and educator, Victoria Rose Martin. I hope you enjoy what you see. I am available for commission.
Please visit me on Instagram (@Vixterina) to see my latest artwork.
Each of my sculptures, designs and illustrations has a story to tell. All of my artwork is one of a kind and hand-built from clay or sketched and painted in oil paint. A lot of my newer work is mixed media, and you may see drawing, painting and embroidery adorning the surfaces.
I have always known I wanted to be an artist or a designer. Making art is in my bones. My childhood was spent wandering the forest and fields surrounding our home in northern New York. Foraging for berries and wildflowers all summer, and in the winter, there were snowshoes and ice skates. I was always dreaming and pretending.
There were no neighborhood children on our rural farm, just my siblings, livestock and the wildlife surrounding our home. All of this is coupled with fairy tales and legends.
No matter how old you get, try never to lose the fantasy worlds and dreams you once held as a child.
Whether it is sculpting or painting, my work tends to be figurative. I love the figure, particularly the curves found on the female form.
That’s probably why I never got into making functional dinnerware on the potter’s wheel.
And yes, it’s okay if you call my sculptural figures dolls because of their size. Most of my ceramic work is kiln-fired clay, but I often mix it with mixed media parts. And my paintings are oil on a panel because I enjoy the firm surface instead of the springy feeling of a canvas.
I live in Florida, where I work as a Professor of Art. My students keep me young and always inspire me. When I am not in the classroom, there is an excellent chance I am either in my studio or travelling. Both activities feed my soul. I believe that life is for living and being happy. Do something today to make yourself feel joy.
We all bring our individual life experiences to the art and designs we create. If you copy the work of another, it’s not yours. You’re trying to sing another person’s song. You may feel it, but it’s not yours.
For those who appropriate another’s work, might I suggest keeping a sketchbook? It can serve as a research vessel, holding the answers to mysteries inside you.