In her works Victoria Velozo bridges reality and imagination; painting realistic elements of nature, then overlays with contrasting collage and watercolour features.
“My style is very unusual and doesn't fit into the typical styles as I have blended contemporary ‘abstract’ oil painting with traditional ‘Realism’ watercolour which breaks many art rules!
I delight in combining these genres as I love the softness of the watercolour in contrast to the vibrancy of the oil paint. I also enjoy the contrast of the realism with the abstract movement”.
“I believe that I am the only artist that is creating contemporary semi abstracts using realistic watercolour features such as birds and seed pods on Archival Arches watercolour paper; which are then collaged onto a vibrant abstract oil painting.
I fell in love with watercolour after visiting China and viewing the beautiful watercolours that Chinese watercolour artists use; I wondered how I could use traditional watercolour in my modern oil paintings. When I returned home from international exhibition in China I started to study Chinese animals and their meaning as I have an interest in symbolism. Previously I have learned about western 'dream symbolism’ during studying for my psychology degree.I love the meaning of the Chinese animals and wanted to use them in my paintings to convey a positive message to the viewer. After I have completed a watercolour animal or nature feature I then extract the watercolour feature from the paper and use it for collage. The animals I select often have meaning in Chinese for example: The birds that are featured here often are seen in china and represent good luck to see them, particularly by farmers who believe to see one means they will have a healthy and good crop. This can be translated into modern times into a healthy business and an abundance of growth