Vickie has been an exhibiting member of the Island Art Association (IAA) in Fernandina Beach, FL since 2014. Prior to that time, she fulfilled a lifelong desire to study oil painting by taking classes from Cleda Curtis Neal, a professional portrait painter in Oran, Missouri from 2004-2012. During that time, Vickie entered two local art competitions winning awards in each. She was accepted in the Washington, D.C. Smithsonian’s workshops to study art history for one week in 2011.
Vickie currently focuses mainly on painting from the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the area. Subjects for paintings derive from walks on the beach or through marshes from which she takes many photographs. Her aim is to share with the viewer the natural beauty that she is fortunate to experience. She hopes to capture that which will never be seen again in exactly that light, with those clouds, birds or whatever subject captured her attention and awe. She hopes to emulate the styles of realistic old world masters such as William Adolph Bouguereau, the landscape artists of the Hudson Valley artists era such as Thomas Moran, William Trost Richards and Albert Bierstadt, and, of course, all the Wyeths and other contemporary artists.
Vickie is involved in two art cooperative galleries on island – the Island Art Association as well as the Plantation Artist’s Guild & Gallery. Vickie served as gallery director at IAA for two years where she was named Artist of the Year for 2017. She has also served on the boards at both galleries and on different committees in each organization.