About Victoria Manser
Victoria is a Professional Equine & wildlife Artist based on the Dorset/Hants border and has owned and ridden her whole life, keeping her two beautiful Appaloosas on the edge of the New Forest. Her passion for both animals and for art have always been intertwined and many hours as a child were spent creating the adventures she imagined with her ponies, bringing them to life in her drawings.
“I grew up with an innate love for animals and drawing them became second nature as soon as I could hold a pencil. An art career beckoned and on leaving school I completed a Foundation Art course, qualified in Graphic Design and worked in this field for several years.
My art remained a hobby until a personal event in my early 30’s gave me the impetus to leave the 9-5 and pursue my passion. I started a successful pet portrait business which is ongoing to this day.
I am very much involved with the horse world, owning two of my own and I worked for several years as a horsemanship coach specialising in understanding equine behaviour.
This fascination with how our animals behave, think, feel and interact underpins my work, especially my equine art. It’s relatively easy to rely on the fancy, show stopping images as reference but finding beauty in the everyday is what challenges and motivates me, making art from those ordinary moments that are so often overlooked.
I am also inspired by the structure of botanical art and love the simplicity of this style; taking a simple subject and enhancing and bringing to the fore all those hidden qualities. I love to be able to fully focus on those amazing details without any fuss or clutter.”
Victoria works predominantly in coloured pencil and pastel, and offers Tuition in these mediums.