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Meet the Artist

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I'm a life-long creative and have indulged creativity in many forms; as a designer and commercial illustrator, as a crafter, as a self-taught tribal belly dancer, and now as a digital fine artist. I've created for fun, for a living, always for passion.

People ask what inspires me. Anything. Everything. Typical things. Random things. I don't stick to a theme. I have received no formal training in fine art, yet there is no stricter vetting process than my own. My art reflects my basic nature—a bit of wanderlust, a bit quirky, a bit atypical. The beauty of creating fine art in comparison to my commercial art career...there is no wrong way to represent, as long as it's done with conviction. To quote a line from a best-selling artist's guidebook, "the most visible artists often have more audacity than talent." I like that. 

I've been told I communicate with visual intensity that evokes, provokes, pokes for attention (middle child syndrome), or finds humor, like love, in all the wrong places. I would describe my style as Corrupted Beauty. I intentionally degrade my art pieces with cracks, fissures, scratches, offsets, spatters and other elements that can either represent societal breakdown or something aged and well-loved. The concept of beauty is there, but distorted, as it often is in life.  

ART MEDIUM

I refer to myself as a pixel painter. My medium is digital, however my works don't necessarily reflect that fact. Visitors at my art shows are often surprised to learn I'm a digital artist and I must admit, I love the eye pop and the jaw drop. They often ask how I achieve the look of a 'real painting'.

While I sometimes use photos as inspiration or guide, I don't use them as digital shortcuts as many digital artists do. I sketch all pieces first in Adobe Illustrator, then import them into Photoshop to manipulate the vector art into something with light, depth and movement. It's a layering technique I have mastered.

ARTIST BIO

Victoria Johnson, using the pseudonym The Sketchie Beast, is a native Southern California designer, commercial illustrator and now fine artist in the digital medium, Since entering her first painting in a public competition at age seven to earning an Associates degree in Commercial Art and Photography, creativity has been her calling. Having once indulged in sketching and painting as a hobby, it was not long after her career as an independent designer blossomed that her brushes and canvases were stowed for design softwares and hard deadlines. Until receiving a digital pen and sketchpad as a gift. The Sketchie Beast was unleashed and in hot pursuit of a dream. In the short four years of being a digital fine artist, she has created almost 400 artworks and participated in local, national and international exhibitions, both physical and online. She participated in her first solo show in 2022; the first digital artist to be given a solo spotlight at La Habra Art Gallery, La Habra California.
 

ARTIST SHOWCASE

SOLO SHOW

The Power of Portraits
La Habra Art Gallery, 
La Habra CA
September 4 - November 4  2022

FESTIVALS & COMMUNITY SHOWS

Laguna Art-a-Fair (Juried)

Laguna Beach CA
June - September 2019

 

RAW Natural Born Artists Showcase
The Mansion

Costa Mesa CA  / January 16 2020

 

The World in Our Backyard
City of Stanton Community Art Show

May 8 2021

 

Fall Family Fun Art Festival
Museum of the San Fernando Valley

September 9 2021

 

Ontario Festival of the Arts (Juried)

Ontario CA  / October 8 2021 and October 15 2022

 

28th Annual Studio Arts Festival (Juried)
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine CA

June 4 2022

GROUP EXHIBITIONS / PHYSICAL

Off the Easel (Juried)
ART ON 30TH/A
SHTON GALLERY

San Diego CA / February 2021

 

Sway Forth 
MOM AND POP ART GALLERY

Richmond CA / May 5, 2021

 

Art in the Time of Corona Vol 2 (Juried)
DabART LOS ANGELES

September 2021

 

Portraits, Human and Animal
MVA GALLERY

Bethlehem PA / November 2021

 

Pop Culture and Trashy (Juried) 
SHOCKBOXX GALLERY

Hermosa Beach CA / November 2021

Third Community Art Show

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS GALLERY

El Paso TX / November 2021

Here Kitschy Kitschy (Juried) 
SHOCKBOXX GALLERY

Hermosa Beach CA / November 2022

GROUP EXHIBITIONS / ONLINE

Pets International
Exibizone Online/Artistonis
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February 2021

 

Artsy Shark Featured Artist / November 2021

 

Migration
Gallerium / February - March 2022

NOW SHOWING

Local Artist Installation

Ontario International Airport

November 2022 - April 2023

BOARDMEMBER

La Habra Art Association

La Habra California

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