Vickie Edwards

I used oil paint and cold wax medium for the first time in August, 2017. A passion for this mixed media combination has grown into an obsession of finding and exploring new and innovative techniques. Cold wax is a mixture of naturally white unbleached beeswax, alkyd resin, and odorless mineral spirits. I love the textures that can be developed with the cold wax – velvety smooth, carved and highly textured using various organic materials such as sand, gravel, ash, pigments, marble dust and plaster. I have even used dried coffee grounds! It is a very tactile and invites the touch. I build up as many as 20 layers of color with palette knives, trowels, squeegees and add wax medium, sand and any other texturizing materials I can find. Then I dig back into previous layers with pottery shaping tools, dental tools, razors, steel wool and reveal previous layers becoming an archaeologist of my own painting! Glorious colors, textures and patinas develop evoking ancient frescos, aging and a lovely worn appearance that greatly appeals to me.
My paintings are done on cradled birch panels which allows for my aggressive scratching, scaping and supports the many layers of paint and textures I use. These types of paintings do not require framing.
 I have painted smaller, less layered paintings on Arches Oil Paper which are matted and framed.
My paintings are not light and airy but rather a bit dark, gritty and usually with a circle or sphere as a focal point. I usually start a painting without a plan but let the painting evolve and develop during the process. I try to follow my personal voice and make the painting that feels right and says “yes, that is me!”

I’ve always been outgoing and social and have always enjoyed meeting new people. As the daughter of a Career Air Force Major, I had the opportunity to move a lot during my first sixteen years of life. I found the moves exciting, stimulating and a great opportunity to live in different parts of the country and make new friends while keeping in touch with the old ones.

I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo my freshman year of college. I transferred to Cal Berkeley for my sophomore year as my boyfriend at the time was transferring to Stanford. What we do for love! He wasn’t the one, so I transferred back to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to finish up my college career with a major in literature and a minor in art.

Greg Edwards was a professional PGA golfer and was actually dating my college roommate when we met in San Luis Obispo in my senior year. Greg and I fell in love and were happily married for 40 years. Greg passed away in February 2016 from a pulmonary embolism.

My career in sales, marketing and management started with Sunkist Growers (oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines) in Visalia, Calif. I worked my way up over 25 years to overseeing the largest sales office in the company as well as managing a sales staff of 18. Busy, pressurefilled, long hours, constant travel, rewarding and I loved it!

The next career step would have been a promotion to the Los Angeles corporate office. A move to southern California didn’t interest me so I accepted a job with Del Monte Fresh (pineapples, bananas, melons and avocados) in the Seattle area. I finished my career as a consultant to large apple shippers in Eastern Washington training sales teams. I retired to Sandpoint in 2014 at age 62.

Greg and I Googled “Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” to help us decide where to retire. We visited several places in the northwest before deciding that Sandpoint was our number one choice. As soon as we moved here I joined the Community Assistance League, an amazing group of smart, interesting women that welcomed me into this creative, giving community.

 




 
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