About

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I’ve drawn and painted for most of my life, attending numerous courses covering different artistic disciplines, and have always enjoyed flowers and plants as subjects. I love gardening, observing nature and being out in the green as much as possible.

I was peripherally aware of botanical art –in the sense of admiring historical prints and illustrations– but never thought of it as contemporary. This changed when I attended a course run locally by Fiona Strickland, and admired her take on the traditional.

After this course, I continued sketching small subjects, taking longer over each piece, slowly refining technique and observation. It was over a year later before I found myself back in a regular class, where I started to work on larger scales (bigger than a sketchbook page, smaller than a wall!).

I freely admit to not being disciplined enough to think in terms of ‘series’ of works (although never say never), and tend to pick my subjects based on what looks like a challenge, or what catches my eye at any given point in time. I love the imperfect and the fading, always looking for interesting weathering and decay patterns. I usually have examples of my current projects in various stages of completion on my home page. I have work in private collections worldwide, including the Shirley Sherwood collection.

Original works, as well as high quality giclée prints, are available in the Southside Gallery, Battlefield, Glasgow. Please contact me directly with any queries.

 

Exhibitions and awards:
2013 ‘The Language of Flowers’, SBA, London
2014 ‘Botanical Garden’, SBA, London (St. Cuthbert’s Mill Award)
2014 Heil- und Giftpflanzen, Palmengarten, Frankfurt
2014 Strictly Botanical, Park Gallery, Falkirk
2015 ‘In Pursuit of Plants’, SBA, London
2015 The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
2015 Voimagalleria, Kouvola, Finland
2015 New Beginnings at Doors Open, SSBA, Edinburgh (People’s Choice Award)
2015 Nature’s Bounty, SSBA, Hamilton (People’s Choice Award)
2016 Flora and Fauna, Thistle Gallery, Glasgow
2016 Beltie Books, Wigtown
2016 Shape, Pattern, Structure, SBA, London
2016 A Botanical Spring Fling, SSBA, Glasgow
2017 Artists and Illustrators Magazine ‘Artists of the Year 2017‘ Mall Galleries, London (Derwent Award)
2017 Annual Spring Exhibition, SSBA, Edinburgh
2017 Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2017 ‘British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection‘, Kew Gardens, London
2017 ‘Changing Seasons’, SBA, London
2017 ‘Art in Bloom’, Biggar
2017 ‘The Colours of Nature’, SSBA, Stirling

 

Founding member of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists
Member of the American Society of Botanical Artists

Commissions welcome.

Twitter: @victotoro
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