Vicki Chelf is a fine arts graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design and has studied classical academic techniques at the Southern Atelier for over three years. With series of painting in different media, Vicki’s art first manifested as stream of consciousness drawings that were painted in various sizes and techniques. Later she channeled her passion for figurative painting and portraiture into works that draw upon her interests in current events, food and the environment, while still embracing her metaphysical interests in dreams and stream of consciousness imagery. Evoking a relationship between the old masters and contemporary symbolism, Vicki’s recent paintings combine both skill and personal expression. Currently she is working on a series of oil paintings of French courtiers, copied from old masters and adapted according to inspiration under the nom d’ plume Victoria Pendleton.
Vicki has exhibited her paintings in the U.S., Canada, France, and England. She has had one person shows at the Galerie Martine Moisan in Paris, Le centre d’exposition de Val David in Canada, Art Target in Sarasota, and in Fairfield, Iowa. Her work was featured in the Food for Thought, exhibition at the Art Center Sarasota in 2011. Her paintings of current events have been featured at Art Center Sarasota, and at the Orange County Art Center in California. Vicki’s studio has been part of the Fine Art’s Society Studio Tour.
Vicki Chelf’s works include:
Bi-Polar Coloring Book. Writer William Berno created captions for Vicki’s stream of consciousness sketchbook drawings, which she lettered and redrew in coloring book style.
Small Paintings. Wooden panels painted in either oil or waxed watercolor, the images in these paintings are chosen from the automatic drawings in Vicki’s sketch books.
Newspaper Portrait Series. These acrylic on canvas paintings are based on newspaper clippings from 2002 to 2005. They were done out of a desire to understand the individuals in powerful public positions on a more human level while at the same time expressing the rage she was feeling about the war in Iraq, and other current events. An element in each painting has been derived from a newspaper or magazine photograph or text, and then juxtaposed with her own imagery.
Food is Sacred. A dual career as a cookbook author has given Vicki a deep respect for the gift of healthful food. These acrylic paintings juxtapose religious iconography from various world religions with food. Occasionally other objects are included for color or composition, or simply to add interest.
Portraits. Vicki accepts commissions for portraits, done from live settings photographs or a combination of both. Pets portraits are painted from photographs. Miniature, oil on panel, pet portraits begin at $200.00. They can be purchased from her website or from Marianne E. on Palm Ave. in Sarasota, FL.
Spirit Drawings. Almost 30 years ago Vicki was told by a psychic that she could do spirit drawing, inspiring a quest to understand what this meant and how to do it. About 15 years ago, with coaching from the president of the local dowser’s club, she began to develop a technique which starts with a quick portrait sketch of the client. The portrait sketch begins the intuitive process and is preceded with automatic drawing and sometimes writing to do readings for clients. A picture says a thousand words and these drawings use colors, symbols and images to facilitate the reading which is done both verbally and visually through the drawing. The result is a beautiful drawing on archival paper that provides guidance, and a visual reminder that will continue to empower and heal after the reading is finished. Questions are often answered before they are asked and the client almost always feels empowered and uplifted by a positive experience. Drawings may be done from a photo or a sitting.
Vicki is a regular reader at Elysian Fields in Sarasota, and can do spirit drawings over the phone with an emailed photograph. The drawing will be mailed. To schedule, send a photograph and your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1/2 hour 45.00
1 hour 85.00
A mailing fee of 15.00 to receive the original drawing. A text or emailed photo of the drawing will be sent without charge.
You can visit Vicki Chelf at Sarasota Traders on Pineapple in Sarasota and see her work:
Sarasota Traders:522 So. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236