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This will be the first time I show anything I’ve created to anyone other than my husband and dog in over 10 years… because, yes, since that last time, I got a dog and a husband - the latter being something I always said I never ever wanted! But then, when I decided to stop creating, “get a steady job” and stop spending so much time alone in a studio, I also believed I would never look back, let alone produce all this new work and want to do an exhibition again.

I felt so elated after doing a sketch again for the first time about 3 years ago. It was like meeting a really good old friend again. It was all “still there”, but I was different from when I’d left off and, like with some friendships, it was all just waiting to be picked up from where we are now. We could blame the dog, the husband, the highs and lows over the years since until my now “mid-life” age but the way in which I work today is very different from what I did when I first started making art.

There are some aspects in my previous works which I can no longer relate to – they belong to a different time in my life and time has passed. There are other aspects that have not changed: I still look for that thing that makes you stop and think, that catches your eye, your heart, that truly moves you in one way or the other and that communicates without the need for verbal explanation.

I realise now that how much or little time goes by in between each creative phase is all just part of the process – it means very little in fact. And sometimes we do just need to take some time. Time to do something different, try something else, let things catch our eye and heart, let those things move us and then see what does or doesn’t come out.

This first exhibition of my recent works, I’m doing in my kitchen and living room amongst friends and I can’t wait!

Friends, family, this one is for you. Thank you for trusting that I’d find my way back (home).

Love and thanks especially to my dear father.

Sara-Jane O'Callaghan

April 1, 2016
Fab website and especially love some of the paintings - well done you !! Proud of you xxxx
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Victoria James

April 3, 2016
Thank you so much SJ, it means a lot! xxx Might I ask which of the paintings you like most and why? It's so valuable to get specific feedback.

Sara-Jane O'Callaghan

April 4, 2016
I have really enjoyed looking at the paintings - I love the freedom and fluidity of 'wrapped up in it' - the different tones of black - and find it really calming to look at. I also love 'a place on the hill' - the textures and that gorgeous green! Less abstract than the 1st . The title 'skirmish with blue' is brilliant !

Sylvia Anthonet

April 4, 2016
Congratulations for this great site, you did it ! And of course, congratulations for your work ! I really like severals of your paintings. "Unambiguous", "Initial Tracing", "Escaper", "Flurry"... Yes, I love colors !! And of course, "Lili" because it's... Lili ;-). I am looking forward for you exhibition on April 24. Wish all the success you deserve !
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Victoria James

April 5, 2016
Thank you Sylvia for your support and feedback! All of the paintings you mention will be part of the exhibition on the 24th April so you will get to see them for real. Looking forward too! Big xx

Molly Hauge

April 11, 2016
Your work is truly remarkable!! It's exciting to see such reminiscent visions of historic technique revisited in current day! Well done Victoria!!
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Victoria James

April 12, 2016
Thank you so much Molly! And for your generous help and advice on photographing artwork xox

Nathalie Anthonet

April 12, 2016
Magnifique site Victoria ! J'adore ton travail et en particulier tes oeuvres "Embodied", "Unambiguous", "Speculation", "Jagged Mountains" et bien sûr "Lili"! Je me réjouis de voir tes oeuvres lors du vernissage du 24 avril prochain et je te souhaite plein de succès avec ton art. Avec toute mon amitié.
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Victoria James

April 12, 2016
De tout cœur merci pour ton soutien et amitié, Nath. Je me réjouis aussi de partager un moment ensemble et de te montrer tout ça « en live » le 24 avril xx (des bisous Anglais !)

Ann Olhao

May 21, 2016
Wow, it's intriguing work.
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Victoria James

May 21, 2016
Thank you, Ann, for looking further!

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