Creative capital: the artist who paints appetizing dishes with watercolors

So, I couldn’t help but contact her for this column.

HELLO, VICTORIA. WHEN HAVE YOU FOR THE FIRST STATEMENT OF LOVE FOR ART AND ILLUSTRATION? AND DID YOUR PARENTS SURROUND THIS INTEREST?

One of my first art-related memories was having to erase all the pencil drawings I had done on my bedroom wall when I was little, if that means anything. In elementary school, I often doodled under the desk while class was in progress. I did a little side activity selling drawings to my classmates at the time as well.

Art has always been a constant in my life, that’s for sure! My parents have a long history of being involved in local musical theater work, so I am very fortunate to have had this kind of understanding and environment growing up. They’ve always been incredibly supportive – maybe too much support? Oddly enough, the other five in my family were blessed with a certain level of musical talent, but I seem to have missed it.

DID YOU GO TO ART SCHOOL? WHAT WERE THE MOST VALID THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED DURING YOUR TIME IN SCHOOL?

I have been engaged in design work since my school days through my club activities, and then studied interactive media design at Temasek Polytechnic. I was pretty successful in getting a scholarship to study at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney to graduate, but all of my ‘education’ is really in digital media. I have never received formal training in traditional arts.

From what I’ve seen and experienced so far in my field (Illustration and Design), those who don’t take themselves too seriously end up doing the most interesting work. While studying for my degree, I spent all of my time chasing grades for the scholarship. I think I ended up losing at a time when I should have taken risks and experimented more. I think it’s really important to take the time in school to learn a variety of skills because what you study won’t necessarily be what you do in years to come.

HOW HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME? HOW DID YOU END ON YOUR CURRENT STYLE?

Do I even have a style? It’s a question I keep asking myself. I work both as a designer and an illustrator in parallel most of the time. As designers, we are often tasked with tailoring a style to trends or brand guides. If I had to show all the illustrations – for client work and personal work – that I have done in my life, you would probably never guess that they were done by the same person. I have never been satisfied with choosing one style or another which makes things interesting for me personally but can be quite confusing professionally.

I’ve only been painting in watercolors for a little under five years now and would say I’ve improved technically, and the style comes from all the practice I’ve had and my choice of medium. It’s not a very exciting answer, I know. Even in food illustration, I really enjoy experimenting with different styles, and I don’t think I’ve really chosen my own style yet. It’s an ongoing journey, and I’m just happy to allow myself to have fun with it.


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