Victor was selected as 1 of 13 finalists chosen in Southwest Art magazine's, Artistic Excellence Art Competition. As a finalist, Victor's work Brahma Bull, "Old Red" was published in the Dec. 2015 issue, Southwest Art magazine Artistic Excellence Portfolio and on the Southwest Art website.
What inspired this painting? "The Old West comes to life twice daily when genuine Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth, TX. That is where I first saw Old Red on a hot July day, with his head hung low and looking hot and tired. I knew I had to capture that iconic face."
I grew up in Texas where everything is bigger than life. Watching from the back seat of my family's station wagon, I watched the animals grazing on the hillsides as my father drove through his favorite place on earth, the Hill Country of Texas. Weather it is a whitetail deer racing across the highway or a lion lurking in the bush of Africa, it will find itself on a canvas before me.
A degree in fine art from Texas State University and a decade studying portraiture, has brought me back to my passion for Native Americans. My first trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico when I was in high school stirred the original admiration for these people and their culture. I am not a historian, but I want to keep alive the memory of this important chapter of our past. When I start a new painting of a Native American, it is difficult to separate the real from the myth that perpetuates the fighting spirit of these brave people. I want to depict the remarkable strength in each feature in the face and the conflict they must be experiencing.
I was walking through the Dallas Arboretum with my mother when she told me about her country home where she grew up. She told me how wild flowers bloomed around the door and how green the underbrush was in the spring. She asked me if I could paint some wildflowers for her. I said, of course. I love the bright, the bold and the beauty that emerges from every painting.