Victoria Manser

After the Storm
40x50cm approx
Coloured Pencil on a Panpastel background
My own photo reference

Bio
My overriding passion in life is for my animals, especially my horses and this has been reflected in my art as both inspiration and subject matter. I’ve always wanted to create and used to spend hours as a child drawing horses (of course!) This led to a formal art education and several years working as a graphic designer. Graphite pencil was my preferred medium and I’ve also worked extensively in pastel and watercolour, with a little dabble in acrylic. I’ve drifted in and out of my art career over the years, starting a pet portrait business in 2002 and joining the Society of Equestrian Artists with promotion to Associate a few years later, but it wasn’t until I discovered the potential of coloured pencil in 2015 that I found renewed motivation for my art.


I saw in coloured pencil the ability to properly get my ideas on paper and it was a very natural fit for me. I am now a member of the SEA, UKCPS, TWASI and AAA (and the CPCAU!) and have successfully exhibited with them all over the past few years. I offer commissions, with customers all over the world, and have been teaching coloured pencil in a workshop format for the last couple of years. These workshops have proven very popular and I have found sharing my discoveries immensely rewarding. My latest project is to produce a series of digital downloads and have been thrilled at the response to my first release. I continue to strive towards excellence as an artist, studying with other artists and exploring my creativity - just need a few more hours in the day to put my all ideas onto paper!


Publications:
• ‘Patiently Waiting’ featured art in the UKCPS Talking Point magazine in Spring 2015
• ‘Chocolate Donkey Foals’ featured in the Members Gallery in the UKCPS Talking Point magazine Autumn 2015
• Featured Artist in the US publication Colored Pencil Magazine for July 2018
• 'Furry Textures' step by step article on fox fur in UKCPS Talking Point magazine December 2018
• ‘Foxtail’ was featured in the Color Magazine Showcase in July 2019
• Contributing Artist with a 14-stage step-by-step tutorial ‘Amber’, in Ann Kulberg’s 'Draw Wildlife in Colored Pencil' book published August 2019


Awards:
• 'Patiently Waiting' was awarded Highly Commended and People's Choice vote in 2015 at the UKCPS Regional Exhibition
• 'Serenity' achieved Best Wild Animal and 3rd Reserve in Show at the UKCPS Open Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in 2016
• 'Clementine' was awarded the "People's Choice" vote the 2017 UKCPS regional exhibition at the Pencil Museum in Cumbria. It also made the top 200 from over 5000 entries in the SAA Artist of the Year 2017
• 'You Scratch My Back...' was awarded Best Picture at the 2017 UKCPS on-line exhibition
• 'Patiently Waiting' was awarded Highly Commended in the 'Window to the Soul' category at the Association of Animal Artists 2018 Spring Exhibition
• 'Tehya' was accepted into the 2018 UKCPS Open Exhibition and I therefore achieved Signature status with the UK Coloured Pencil Society
• 'Grace' was awarded a Bronze Citation at The Wildlife Art Society International Exhibition in May 2018
• 'Spring Dawn' received an Honourable Mention in the CPCAU 'Drawn Together' On-line Exhibition 2019
• 'Contemplation' was awarded Runner Up to Best in Show at the Association of Animal Artists Spring Exhibition 2019
• 'After the Storm' was juried into the 2019 UKCPS Open Exhibition


Other Achievements:
Associate Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists since 2006
Signature member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society.


 

Foxtail
30x40cm approx
Coloured pencil on a pan pastel background
My own photo reference

Clementine
30x30cm
Coloured pencil
My own photo reference

You Scratch My Back
50x30cm
Coloured pencil and pan pastel
My own photo reference

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