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Tell us about yourself?
A graduate of the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and veteran of Penland School of Crafts, Victoria Pendragon’s work hangs in numerous corporate and private collections. In the 1990’s Victoria worked as one half of the collaborative artist, Victoria+Dodd. That union produced large scale paintings as well as magazine and newspaper coverage. The collaboration ended on good terms in 2003 when Pendragon began to focus on completing the first in a series of self-help books which have since been published by Ozark Mountain Publishing. In 1984, Pendragon’s body was severely disfigured by diffuse progressive systemic sclerosis, a condition that is generally fatal and incurable. The only remnants of the disease, over 20 years later are her wrists and her hands which remain in a permanent claw-like position. Because of this all her work is done on a horizontal surface. In 2010 Pendragon returned to creating art, producing a series of mixed media pieces a broad metaphysical theme. This led to a one-woman show, Witness, a public service exhibition dealing with the ramifications of childhood abuse. It has been exhibited in Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 2013 she returned to painting, advancing through a series of styles and themes, expanding the vortex of creative energy that allowed the passion she had developed in college for color and pattern to merge with her fascination with all things metaphysical.
I never know where my drive to create will take me… my most recent series, Fish Out of Water, produced from later 2008, through 2020, was the result of assisting a quilter with a project on which she was working… I first produced a few paintings that had very quilt-like qualities and then – out of nowhere – the ‘quilt’ I was working on wanted a fish right in the middle of it… I didn’t know why for months, until well after I’d created six or more of these fish on quilts… and then it hit me: these were metaphors for our being Spirits in the material world… fish out of water… I follow my intuition – which sometimes manifests as what I can only call visions.
What is your medium(s) of choice?
I use acrylic paints exclusively, and for my drawing, colored pencil and colored pens.
Do you offer private lessons/classes?
I am no kind of a teacher. I am, however, an ordained minister with an hon. Doctor of Divinity degree and my specialty is in spiritual counseling for those unaffiliated with a specific religion.