Victoria Wundram - Watercolor, Pastels
By Victoria Wundram
One cannot be on Maui long without being affected by the island's tropical environment; the sun, the ocean, the mountains, the flowers, the rainbows, the birds, the sea life, and most of all the people. Like other artists on Maui, Victoria feels compelled to share these impressions with all who visit here and want to take a little part of Maui home with them.
As a child, and later as a young adult, Victoria had the opportunity to live in many places; the Pacific Northwest, where she was born and has many of her roots, Japan, England, and several areas on the Mainland. As a wife and mother, she often visited Maui on family vacations. Several years ago, her husband and she decided to make Maui their home.
Fate and fortune led them back to the mainland for four years during which time they lived in the Los angeles area. There, Victoria continued her exploration into various media. She wrote and illustrated a children's book, "The Stick", a story of a young girl who gets lost on a wilderness trail on an island in the Puget Sound. She learns from magical animals she encounters and finds her connection to her ancestors.
Victoria continued painting with oil and acrylic, working with pastels and colored pencil, creating mixed media constructions, and jewelry making, and then took several classes in advanced watercolor at the Otis College of Art and Design.
After only a few completed paintings, she found that she loves this medium! She loves the combination of control and abandonment.
Carefully painting clear water on a detailed space and then dropping pigment and watching it move and settle into the thick, textured paper is wonderful! She loves the bright clear colors that can be captured with watercolor.
Now that Victoria is back on Maui, she awakens each morning to see the ocean - sometimes the bluest blue, sometimes misted with clouds and sparked with rainbows. The air is soft and warm and scented with flowers. The birds actually sing.
Maui has welcomed Victoria back. Her goal is to continue in her efforts to capture her Maui experiences in her artwork and to share it.