Victoria Close up

 
 

Victoria was born upstate New York to a father who owned an

auto body garage and a mother who was raised in the south.

This combination made for a fun balance between tomboy and

debutante. Picture a prom queen but instead of a tiara, a

bandana and instead of a gown a pair of denim, grease

covered overall shorts from working on cars and motorcycles

all afternoon. 


After attending college she moved to NYC and worked at a

boutique law firm for four and a half years. Right before

Christmas in 2000 she went to London for a friend's birthday

party and, making a typical American mistake, she leapt into

the street one evening, looked left and was hit by a car coming

from the right traveling at about 40 mph. After four days of

being paralyzed from the waist down due to a pinched nerve

she came to the realization that she didn't want to work at the

law firm anymore. The man who hit her was from India and

believed that there was a reason this had happened. She felt

the same and was very inspired by his hopefulness. Turns out

he was friends with someone in the movie industry and she was

interested in the production of films. They spoke every Friday for

months and after rehabilitating her legs he made a call. The

following Monday she was on the midtown movie set of Bad

Company working with the producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

She did that until September 11th, 2001. 


Life was turned upside down on that tragic morning. She remained in NYC to attend seventeen memorial services and her friend then suggested she move to LA and stay with her for a while. So she did. She took that entire first year off and did nothing but paint, swim, drive up the coast in her little red convertible, play golf and enjoy what California had to offer - nice weather. After that year she was offered a job at Innovative at Ford and worked there for 18 months. At the same time she was also on a comedy show with Chelsea Handler called Girls Behaving Badly. You can see one of her many episodes here: http://youtu.be/iKrElyRsJqk 


After working at the agency and in front of the camera she felt her time in Los Angeles was well spent and decided to move back to NYC. She was out west for two and a half years. 


When she returned home she started a small public relations company assisting friends with organizing events. She was then offered a job at a brokerage firm and was a weather derivatives broker for eight years. Her meteorology background is one of the reasons that the name of her showroom is Vane Gallery.


Her move to Charlotte, North Carolina in mid 2013 was initially to work in Nascar which was a great experience and certainly broadened her horizons yet again. Her series of mugshots and sports legends paintings debuted just before the holiday season of 2013.


Besides working and painting she spends her spare time exploring photography, gardening, refurbishing furniture, playing guitar and she loves to travel.  She donates a lot of her time to charities but doesn't always have the time to attend the events so she’ll usually give one of her paintings to the silent or live auction as a substitution.


Her mission is to be able to continue to paint and donate her works to live and silent auctions worldwide. So far she has donated more than 100 paintings and has collectively raised over $300,000 for numerous foundations, big and small. She does commissions but still donates half of the proceeds to charity. The other half is used to purchase more materials.



 

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