'Amy' oil on Canvas, 186x142 cms , exhibited in the BP National Portrait Award at the National Gallery & then to Aberdeen city art gallery.
VICTORIA paints LARGE FORMAL PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS AS WELL AS THE 45 MINUTE " CHAIR" STUDIES. SEE BELOW.
“Amy sits for her portrait”
Like a pre-cambrian hill, she looks down
mildly at our callow landscape.
We stare, we ask. She endures, having learned
over the years to perform herself.
Her part is racy rustic; which she isn't.
Her standards are her own, so clearly better
she never explains them. We have to guess
why she brought her private shepherd's pie.
Solid among the pates and lasagne; why
As we slop about in the sun, in shorts and sneakers,
She's upright in straw hat and floral print;
Why she takes posing seriously;why she sings,
Recites, talks about education; why the dogs
revere her, lying in the shade behind her chair;
why she never tells her age; why she's always saying
Rome wasn't built in a day. So old.
So many dead-end jobs, so clever, now
She lives in a different country, translates
Patiently into our language, knows how to tell her life
As if it were a story. She has poise
Of one who never had a chance,
And yet is always listened to.
Not a turn, though that's how she play's it.
The speechless portrait speaks the truth.
Don't listen. LOOK.
Forty five minute portrait sittings in oil.