Vicki Owen is a native Tulsan. She attended the University of Tulsa, and while living in Mexico, studied at the Belles Artes and the Art Institute in San Miguel De Alliende. She found her love of color while living in Central America.
As an artist Vicki’s main focus is rich color and interesting textures. Her pastels have delt with many things she has seen in her travels throughout Central and South America and here in the Southwest. Most recently Vicki is enjoying exploring compositions comprised of parts of things such as fruits, vegetables and animals enlarged to a point of expressing their color, form, and texture as the entire composition.
Vicki also works in oils in a large format, exploring parts of the whole but with a more subtle palette, often times adding whimsical context.
Vicki is currently showing at Edmund Craig Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas and M.A. Doran Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has pieces in numerous private collections as well as corporate collections.
I don’t intend for my art to convey a “message”. Rather, my art
serves to please my eye and to sooth my soul. Albert Camus’ philosophy
towards his art and his work is revealed by his own words: “A man’s work
is nothing but a slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art,
those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart
first opened” and “Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair,
offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like
to stretch out over the whole of time”. His philosophy stirs deep
emotions within me and directly inspires my work. For me, this
emotional inspiration manifests itself in the way I perceive the
presence of light and its effects on objects, atmosphere and spirit.
As a young child I was mesmerized by the breeze blowing the curtains with
the sun coming through. Today it brings to mind the sea breeze flowing
through the window in Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Wind from the Sea” or
sunlight coming through a window in his painting “Cranberries”. While
Wyeth and Jan Vermeer both create sensations of serenity and harmony
through their use of light, J. M. W. Turner’s use of light imparts a
feeling of mystery and intrigue. Turner does this in his watercolor work
by layering and blending, or “bleeding” the colors. My use of this
technique with my own choice of color creates an awareness of spiritual
depth and a desire to move deeper within my soul to rediscover the pure
emotion and unbearable beauty of those childhood moments.
With her use of bold color and blending, Georgia O’Keeffe has been a teacher of
inner-strength and inner-peace fused as one. Her paintings impart to me
a desire for quiet wisdom that I must continue to move towards.And so
it is: "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an
invincible summer”. Albert Camus