Born in southern Ontario, Victoria has continued to study at the Halliburton School of Fine Arts, Neilson Park and the Burlington Art Centre. She currently paints from her studio in Hamilton, her cottage in Halliburton and lives in her home in Oakville, with her husband and three children.
Victoria Pearce’s most recent series follows the journey of the spirit on the waters flowing thru the Haliburton Highlands, Muskoka, Temagami and the waterfalls of the Bruce Trail. Each piece is a reflection of the healing energy which is part of her morning ritual, paddling or hiking the natural beauty of Ontario.
This series reflects her ongoing love of the interconnectedness of water, sky, land and air. The labyrinth offers a perfect symbol for this relationship. The graphic painterly use of complimentary and tonal lines against contrasting grounds is played out in labyrinth patterns which tie together various geographical elements. The mind attempts to make sense of these shifting markings. The viewer attempts to make sense of the pattern and finds all manner of computer chips, tiles, and ancient writing in the forms.
Furthermore, she is fascinated by the shifting of colour hues when they are played against each other within these shapes. The coloured ground beneath plays tricks on the eye throughout the process making it a demanding and fascinating undertaking.
Victoria’s dramatic skies have become her signature, inviting the viewer to consider the heavens while pondering the wonders of a flower’s bloom. Flowers painted from the perspective of an ant provide a striking contrast to the clouds and sky that frame these still life images. The juxtaposition creates a surreal feeling to the viewer.
Victoria’s most recent series includes extensions of the original image in which she further explores the energy of the study. The additional panels include the progression of the initial recognizable form to its final abstraction.
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"Sitting and looking closely at my photo record of the wondrous places I have paddled or hiked gets me in the mindset to create. Maybe it’s the nature of the labyrinth style I work in that fully immerses me for it requires I be fully present in a meditative state of mind."