Featured Artist – Victoria Washington
Shortly after being given a survivor-ship certificate in 2010, I was diagnosed with another cancer in 2011 with numerous surgeries to follow. Forced to surrender a career in education which I dearly loved, It was safe to say things were getting somewhat dismal. In March of 2014, I had the most vivid dream I had ever dreamt. In the dream I was walking along a path in the midst of a gorgeous forest with one I presumed to be, Christ. The serenity I felt when I awoke was everything I needed and it granted me a moment of clarity in an otherwise stormy chapter of my life. Inspired….and never having painted before, I was driven to bring that image from a dream to reality. To me, it was a divine inspiration, which is why much of my work features a path, and my first painting was called “Path of the Trees.” My award winning work, “Purple Mountain Majesty” won Member’s Choice in the local Artist Guild and was featured at the State University Illges Gallery. It also came in second highest bid in the silent auction sponsored by United Way and Young Professionals local Chamber of Commerce. Many of my works are displayed in galleries and in private collections. Many of my paintings come to me in a form of a dream and some of my paintings have transitioned into a “series” related to my journey along the path, “Path of Dreams,” “Path in the Woods,” “Serenity Path,” and most recently “Mystic Path.” The only thing more satisfying in my works of Art, is if they bring hope, joy, or inspiration to others.