Artist Victoria Templeton

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I studied painting and drawing with many art teachers for decades. I met Roger Armstrong almost twenty years ago, a master artist and infamous cartoonist. He became my most important life  mentor, not just with art  technique, but with my inner creative voice. I threw away my bonds to perfectionism and opened the door to explore art in many approaches. He would say " It's just  paper and paint... Why not just see what direction you can go?" Thanks to Roger's continual urging,  much of my work reflects a sense of looseness and freedom. I began my life commitment to a painting journey. 
  I walk daily and absorb the sounds, sights and smells of the world I am in. Sketchbooks fill with my intakes and my camera bursts with references.  I watch light shift from morning into night and how it tosses golden hues or subtle blue greys onto the trunk of white birch.  What happens to that hue when in mixes with the earthiness of foliage or the rolling of the ocean?
Configurations of water fascinate me, be the stillness in a mountain lake or pounding surf of the ocean. How full of life water is! Active water cuts into the earth and transforms the landscape, at times in beauty or often in brutality.  The old giant trees textured with wrinkled bark or young supple saplings compete together to meet the sky. I see their shapes like the human figure, gestural and full of life, each determined to stand ground and make a rooted mark on the earth.
  I thrive with a full heart to  paint landscapes. However, I also love to capture the human figure. Snapshots of the way we are, the way we live, facial surfaces with hidden emotions and singular stories.  Our humanity connect us all together, a universal [...]

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