Showcase- Vickie Killeen!

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Today’s showcase is all about my Auntie Vickie! She’s a fabulous artist and ever since I can remember she has been making pretty things. I grew up looking at her art from her amazing handwriting to logos, letterheads, t-shirts, decals, and signs she’s designed for small to very large commercial businesses.

A couple of weeks ago I spent the day with my Auntie just looking at all of her paintings and talking about all the classes she’s taken. Vickie has not only taken a gazillion classes but she’s taught workshops on many different art mediums. She’s worked in all types of watercolor paints, pastels, ink, wood, ceramic, plastic and anything else she can manipulate into art. I remember when I was little, standing in her kitchen one night, she was showing me how she cut a design out of a plastic film. I don’t even remember what it was I just remember the way her hands looked and how amazingly she was able to cut through the film like it was butter. I just always felt like everything she touched she made prettier.

Vickie doesn’t have an art degree, however, she’s attended the majority of art schools in Southern California. She’s also attended several colleges, taking as many art classes as she can. Every time I talk to my aunt she is either taking a class, getting ready or thinking about taking a class, or has just completed an art class. I feel like she should have two art degrees from all the education she has. I think it’s important to make a note of that because she doesn’t have a degree but has had a very long and full career in art. It is an encouragement to me and should be to others who feel like they can’t make a career out of what they love without a degree. She has had years of school and stays current with always continuing to learn. That’s huge!

Vickie began as a graphic artist and worked for a company called Sundance Graphics for 19 years. She is still doing freelance work and painting. She also started in photography when we were still using film and worked in the darkroom which translates to all the work she does now in digital with Photoshop and Illustrator. I’ve always been so impressed with how she’s grown with the times and technology to stay current in her craft. I just feel that is so important.

So, let’s meet my Vickie Killeen and I’ll share some of her work with you.

Hello! This is Vickie

Hello! This is Vickie

This is a fabulous corner of her house. I love her nautical style!

This is a fabulous corner of her house. I love her bright and airy, nautical style! PS I see a little ball that belongs to someone very special in this house.

Vickie takes care in every detail of her home.

Vickie takes care in every detail of her home.

This is personally one of my favorite things in my Auntie's house. My uncle Bob caught this fish and I've been fascinated by it since I was a very little girl. No matter how my Aunt decorated her home it was always spotlighted beautifully.

This is personally one of my favorite things in my Auntie’s house. My uncle Bob caught this fish and I’ve been fascinated by it since I was a very little girl. No matter how my Aunt decorated her home it was always spotlighted beautifully.

Graphic design oozes from the walls.

Elements of graphic design ooze from the walls.

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The Navy and white wall is such a wonderful focal point in Vickie's house.

The Navy and white wall is such a wonderful focal point in Vickie’s house.

This is Murphy, he runs the place.

This is Murphy, he runs the place, he’s the special little person who left his toy in my picture! I love his freckles.

…and he is very loved.

…and he is very loved. He’s the baby now that my cousin, Valerie has grown up and started her own life.

So many sunny spots to relax in.

So many sunny spots to relax in… I digress…

Each room in her house is beautifully decorated and full of her art. So many pieces were nicely framed so we just walked through each room and took pictures.

Each room in her house is beautifully decorated and full of her art. So many pieces were nicely framed so we just walked through each room and took pictures.

This image is so beautiful.

This image is so beautiful.

I love this painting of an English cottage. As we walked by Vickie said she would like to be sitting in that little room, right there…

I love this painting of an English cottage. As we walked by Vickie said she would like to be sitting in that little room, right there…

Paintings on the walls in the office.

Paintings on the walls in the office.

I LOVE this so much,

I LOVE this so much,

Vickie enters paintings at  the Orange County Fair every year, and of course, wins.

Vickie enters paintings at the Orange County Fair every year, and of course, wins.

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So, at this point I just sat down on the floor and went through the many pieces Vickie had in her office. I loved this so much, it was a little like going through a treasure chest looking for goodies.  Each piece came with different stories about a class or teacher. Stories of what the work was used in and what her process was at creating it. I really enjoyed this time of just being engulfed in all this wonderful art!

Laguna Beach is an artist community in Orange County. This is an image Vickie painted that was selected to be printed on flags hanging from the city's light posts.

Laguna Beach is an artist community in Orange County. This is an image Vickie painted that was selected to be printed on flags hanging from the city’s light posts. This is a book mark designed with the same image. I have one of these!

Here is the image on the cover of the magazine

Here is the image on the cover of The City of Laguna Beach Community Services magazine. Vickie’s knowledge of commercial design makes for a beautiful translation of her art in print.

This is another image that was selected for the cover of the

Another image that was selected for the cover of The City of Dana Point Community News.

At this moment in Vickie’s life she has been designing greeting cards and paintings that you and I can buy. I love the cards and I am so excited to see what’s in store for her future! She has so many fantastic ideas for designs. You can check out her work at her Etsy shop, It’s really beautiful work.

 

Vickie has been making her paintings into greeting cards

 

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Paintings of our coastal areas.

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Pastels

Pastels, seriously, one of my favorites!

_MG_2665I grabbed this book and just went page by page and took pictures of everything. You know, the secret of being successful is in the doing. My Auntie has been “doing” art her whole life. She has so much work to show and has made more than I could ever share with you. Evidence that if you want to be an artist, you MUST create art.  Just look through these with me and enjoy.

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_MG_2610Just as I was saying earlier, my Aunt and Uncle’s house is so darling and beautifully designed. My favorite room is the guest bathroom. I feel like every house should have at least one pink flamingo.

How cute is the guest bathroom?!

Seriously, art is everywhere. Totally my kind of place. I hope you enjoyed hanging out at my Auntie’s house and looking through her work with me. I hope you’ll visit her shop!

Thanks for joining me!

 

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9 thoughts on “Showcase- Vickie Killeen!”

  1. Thank You, Kelley and Emma!
    First of all, I am so honored to “a showcased guest” on your site. It was so much fun to see how beautifully you photographed my home!
    I enjoyed every moment!
    Hugs,
    Auntie Vickie

  2. Your Aunt Vickie is so talented and I really enjoyed leafing through her art work. What a fabulous and talented woman.
    Love,
    Momma

  3. I will definitely be checking out her Etsy site!! Can’t wait!! You did an amazing job showcasing her to Kel!!

  4. Diane Milecki says:

    I am privileged to know Vickie. We were actually friends in high school and met in art classes there, back when I had dreams of a career in art. She made it happen and is an amazing talent. She came to our home in Ivins, Utah and took wonderful photographs-no surprise! Vickie then enlarged a pictire of ice crystals against red earth and created a wonderful, huge original Vickie Killeen for me. I am going to contact the artist colony in Kayenta to exhibit it for her. Keep up the terrific work, Friend!
    Diane Milecki

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