"My interest is in providing a means for viewers to ponder what comprises their own experience of landscape. I paint grand views with sweeping horizons and dramatic skies. The vistas and skies in each painting are fictional, made up from imagination and making use of the cultural vocabulary of traditional Western landscape painting.
I do want the paintings to provide an interface between how a painting is experienced and how nature is experienced.
I feel that it is still possible, and probably more important than ever during our current preoccupation with climate change and global warming, for an individual, standing alone before a landscape to have a conscious awareness of being overwhelmed--whether you want to call this state transcendence, or joy, or fear, or vulnerability in an unpredictable universe.
I want a viewer to feel participation and inextricable belonging in the larger matrix of sky, distance, and land that I paint."
- Victoria Adams
Centuries of landscape painting tradition inform the work of Victoria Adams. Light shimmering through a cloud-laden sky, meandering rivers, and an uninterrupted terrain filled with trees connect her paintings to historical artistic conventions. Despite the scene’s beauty and serenity, it is eerily empty. Adams deliberately omits any signs of human habitation, editing out roads, farms and towns. These omissions remind us of how much we value the notion of unspoiled wilderness.
"Imagine Your Oasis, Then Read This" an interview with Victoria Adams from Fine Art Connoisseur