By Frank Norwood
Special to The Sopris Sun
Main Street Gallery is pleased to present a group of beautiful new paintings by Carbondale artist Victoria Broyles.
Though her subjects vary, she focuses primarily on the beautiful landscapes and river valleys of the western Colorado mountains near her home, occasionally adding people and animals for interest. She is also an accomplished still-life and portrait artist working with oil on canvas or panel or with charcoal.
From an early age she was influenced by her great grandfather’s artwork and family trips to the National Gallery, The Baltimore Art Museum, The Walter’s Art Museum and museums and galleries in Pennsylvania.
Her interest led to a Fine Arts degree from Towson State University in Maryland in 1980 and three months of extensive study abroad in Florence, Italy. In 1984, after settling in Carbondale, she was awarded the John Stickney Scholarship by the Carbondale Council of Arts and Humanities. In 1987, Arthur Anderson & Co. in Minnesota purchased five of Victoria’s landscapes to add to their permanent collection. Her work was included in the Scottsdale Artist’s School juried exhibition “The Best and the Brightest” in Arizona in 1987 followed by her selection as one of five artists to be featured in an exhibition in the Zaplin-Lampert Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1988. Also in 1988, two still life paintings placed in the top 100 out of 5,000 entries in a nationwide competition for Artists Magazine.
She has been involved in many exhibitions and competitions in recent years and has continued her studies with notable Colorado artists Margaretta Gilboy at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Daniel Sprick, Dean Bowlby and Jan Lee at Colorado Mountain College, and Valoy Eat at the Scottsdale Artist’s School. From 1990 to the present she has studied with and been influenced by Michael Lynch, Dan Young, John Encinias and Lorenzo Chavez of the Denver Art Students League.
Having a particular interest in American painters from 1860 to 1910, she is influenced by the works from the Hudson River and Barbizon Naturalist schools of landscape. Artists Bierstadt, Gifford, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Wyeth and Edgar Payne are among her favorites. European artists of influence include Vermeer, Gerome, Sargent, Bastien Lapage, Cluasen, Fortuny and Stanhope Forbes and Scandinavians Kroyer, Hammershoi and Zorn.
We have loved seeing Victoria develop a distinctive style derived from the “old world” feeling of her favorites combined with a definite look, content and interest of her own.
In Victoria’s words, “When I look back at pieces done earlier in this century and in the previous one, there is a certain feel that is timeless, nostalgic: a window into simpler times. I feel this works will always be desireable and intriguing to the viewer and collector.”
Victoria Broyles has long been a favorite of ours at Main Street Gallery, where we have exhibited her work and supported her collectors for many years. We take pride in inviting everyone to come and meet her on First Friday, Nov. 3, or to view her newest paintings throughout November at 399 Main St. in the center of Carbondale’s Creative District.