Self-Portrait: Little Red

Oil on Canvas

2015

16"x18"

About Me...

I am Victoria "Tori" Rose Hunt. I am a 2016 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in West Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and am currently working as a Graphic Designer for Colonel Littleton in my hometown of Lynnville, Tennessee.

While I create many art pieces simply for myself, I also work by commission. I do portraits, painted and drawn, as well as various other subjects like buildings or flowers or landscapes etc. If you are interested, please email me at victoriaroseart1@gmail.com.

Artist Statement

I am a multimedia artist, and I often switch between different media, primarily pen and ink, oil paint, and watercolor. I have worked in printmaking (lino cuts, wood cuts, and metal etchings), sculpture (wire and ceramics), drawing (pen and ink, charcoal, and pastels), and painting (oil, watercolor, and acrylics). I love the tangibility and hands-on experience of working with ceramics, working with the clay to mold it into beautiful shapes and forms. On the other hand, the intricacies and versatility of oil paint are addicting. I love the brilliance of colors and the luminosity that can be achieved through glazing in oils. Though oil paintings take longer, the slow drying time allows me to smoothly blend the colors and work with the paint for longer periods of time. Watercolors and ink have their own strengths as well. The biggest advantage of working with watercolor or pen and ink is the speed. I can easily complete two or three small to medium sized watercolors in a day. And the two medias go so well together. They are perfect for smaller, intricate illustrations when I just need to get an idea out.

Why art? Why, of all the career options available, did I pick art? The answer is simple and somewhat clichéd: I love it. Art gives me a way to communicate my thoughts and feelings and vision with others in a way that nothing else can. The use of images and light and color communicates across cultures, able to completely bypass language barriers. Even though the subject or meaning may not be understood by someone from a different culture, the image or sculpture can be appreciated as a piece of art in and of itself.

My current subject matter and the themes I work with mainly revolve around stories and folktales, mainly based on Western culture. Traditional European fairytales, such as those collected by the famous Grimm Brothers, are are the source of a large portion of my inspiration. I have always loved reading, especially stories of daring and adventure, with magic and dragons, great battles of good and evil. I was practically raised on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Others books like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, were also a huge influence on me.  Though Disney has created movie adaptations of several Grimm Fairytales, the versions portrayed are happier, kid-friendly films. The original tales are much darker, often involving gruesome deaths and harsh punishments. Through my art, I am trying to get closer to those original roots, portraying the message these stories were meant to tell.