Biography of Vicki Branch - Artist
A self taught artist, my style is basically realism, medium of choice is acrylic, using strong bold colors.
I was born in 1953 and raised in a little logging town nestled in a beautiful valley, surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges on the fringe of the Russell Falls National Park mid west of Tasmania, before moving to Hobart at the age of sixteen.
I think that I was blessed to grow up in that era as this was before television and computers, so as a child I was encouraged to use my imagination. I created my own little adventures, discovering my surroundings, which made me appreciate all the little and the big things that life had to offer.
While living in this little town, I was also fortunate to meet so many people of different cultures that came and went, one family in particular who came from Finland with whom I spent a lot of time, the mother was a very talented artist. Her paintings, weavings and pottery I would have to say became my inspiration for my desire to be creative.
As a young girl I also dreamed of travelling the world and seeing the places of the people I met growing up. I wanted to mingle with and experience their cultures, especially those of the tribal people of Africa, which I think was fitting that I started my journey into the world of art. I try to portray the strong bright colors in my paintings from this beautiful, naturally expressive culture.
I have always had a thing for drawing eyes the building a face around them. Eyes can express so much. They can tell a story without saying a single word.
On completion of my first piece in June 2007, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Something inside me woke up and with the encouragement of family, friends and fellow artists. I am now building up a nice collection of pieces to share with the world of art lovers and critics alike.
My journey has just begun
Dec 2009 - Novotel Twin Waters Resort Queensland
Feb 2011 - Joint exhibition Courthouse Gallery, Derwent Valley Tasmania
Sept 2011 - Solo exhibition Courthouse Gallery, Derwent Valley Tasmania
May 2012 - Solo exhibition Food & Wine Company, Lachlan Tasmania