Hey ya’ll! My name is Victoria, owner of Victoria Essie Studio, and manager of Adventures in Bloom.
Growing up I loved to get my hands messy and craft with my mother. We did everything - crocheting, polymer clay, painting, royal icing cookies, canning… you name it and we probably attempted it. Crafting was our favorite form of bonding and it also allowed us to get creative.
It wasn’t until 2018 when my mom started her own paint and sip party business, that I realized I could also be in the art business. And from there everything fell into place...
I was working for a private after school at the time and I had plenty of free time to create! When I started posting my art on social media I realized I already had a group of friends in the art community in Greenville NC and they helped me find a studio and gallery to be apart of. Having that connection and mentorship definitely motivated me to pursue a career in art whole heartedly.
Once I was in my studio space I got to it! I started playing around with polymer clay and making jewelry, and also started to get more people reaching out for commissioned watercolor paintings. Knowing that someone wanted something I made impacted me like no other job had before.
But what inspires me?
In 2014 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and went through the worst spiraling depression I have ever had to go through. I was a junior in college at that point and decided that I wanted to study mental health. Not just out of curiosity but also as a way to helping me cope with what I was experiencing. I still use mental health awareness as a muse in several of my paintings. I feel like show casing it in an artist light helps others see the beauty in something that can be very ugly.
My goal is so create art that serves a purpose. Either a really cute pair of earrings to give as a gift. Or a painting that hangs on a wall because it embodies some emotion in the eye of the beholder. I want to leave behind the impression that emotions are real and they can lead to amazing things.