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Victoria Begbie

Brought up in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales, Victoria's passion for painting began early. Her late Father passed on his love of the sea. As a young child she accompanied him on many a sailing trip in and around the Pembrokeshire coastline and holds vivid memories of watching breaking waves whilst holding on at the bow of his wooden Folkboat. This close affinity with the sea features strongly in Victoria's work. She spent much of her youth cycling and walking coast paths with a sketchbook, pastels and paints strapped to her back.

She went on to study Fine Art at Manchester graduating in 1989. Awarded a Prince’s Youth Business Trust for her portfolio Victoria set up her studio in Bristol. Winning first prize in the West of England region of the Laing Art competition was a catalyst to exhibit and partake in many shows and solo exhibitions around the country. Victoria has exhibited in a number of London galleries including the Air Gallery and Mall Galleries. Returning to Pembrokeshire for a brief period to live she had the honour of exhibiting in the Graham Sutherland Gallery at Picton Castle and displayed paintings in the West Wales Art Centre in Fishguard.

For 13 years Victoria taught art in schools rising to Head of Art at Sacred Heart Language College in Harrow. During this time she continued to exhibit her paintings alongside her teaching career. She eventually stopped teaching to concentrate on her growing young family and to continue to pursue her painting especially undertaking private commissions.

Victoria still visits Pembrokeshire for inspiration but has recently moved to Lincolnshire. Living on the East coast with its dunes and expansive stretches of sand has provided Victoria with exciting new inspiration.

Light, mood, colour, texture and thick visible brushwork are all characteristics of her oil paintings. She loves the movement of the sea, big skies and the Wolds’ undulating landscape. Her tools include using brushes, rags, palette knives and her fingers to manipulate the oil paint to strive for what she wants. Victoria loves to work on the spot outside gathering information in paintings and oil pastels amidst the sounds and atmosphere of the place. This is her preferred method of working but she also works in her studio using her outdoor paintings and oil pastel sketches as inspiration for larger canvases.