Medium: Oil, Painting, Plein Air, Portraiture, and Watercolor
Born: Portland, Oregon
Victoria Brooks pursued her love of art through college by earning her Graphic Design degree at Portland Community College and Portland State University (Oregon). After her long career as an art director and designer, she resumed her studies in fine art oil painting an additional four years at the California Art Institute. She has also participated in many workshops.
Victoria began her career as a broadcast graphic designer with KOIN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon where she remained for nearly five years. Her next position brought her to Universal City, California where she became a graphic designer for Group W Productions, a major television syndication company. Again, after nearly five years, she was offered the position of Graphics Director at Filmation Studios, a major animation company, where she remained two years. Having received numerous national awards for broadcast art she decided to pursue her true love of art in impressionistic style oils, which she now does full-time. She enjoys teaching painting classes, workshops and is a popular demonstrator at art leagues.
Juried Group and Solo Exhibitions:
2001 Plein Air Tucson, Week-long Competition and Exhibition.
2004/1999 Latitudes Restaurant and Gallery, Solo Exhibitions, Auburn, CA.
2006/1998/1995 Motherlode National Annual Art Exhibition, Placerville, CA.
2016-2011/2000/1998 Crocker Art Museum, Art Auction, plus Big Names, Small Art, Sacramento, CA.
2006-1998 “Spring Symphony Exhibit”, National Open, Ironstone Vineyards Murphys, CA. (Judges Special Merit Award).
2001-1998 West Coast Society of Portrait Artists “Open Show”, Sacramento, CA.
2001-1996 Placer Art League’s Open Show, (Best of Show-2001), Auburn, CA.
2004/2000/1998 Gallery One, Solo Exhibitions, Auburn, CA.
2005-1996 Placer Art League’s Membership Show, (Best of Show-1996, 2000, 2005, 1st Place Oil Painting, 2005, (Susan Sarback Judging).
2003-1996 KVIE-TV “On-Air Art Auction”, Sacramento, CA
(Brought in 2nd highest bid in 1996).
2017-2004 KVIE-TV “Special Collection Artist”, for the On-Air Art Auction
2015/2012/2008-2004 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Exhibition, Osage Beach,
2001/1997/1995 MO. Signature Status in 2005.
2006-1995 Roseville Art Center, National Open Show, Roseville, CA.
2008/2005-1995 Roseville Art Center, Membership Show (Best of Show-1995)
1997-1995 California Art Club, Gold Medal Show, Pasadena, CA.
2016-1996 Arts Council of Placer County, Open Studio Tour, Placer County, CA.
2002/2001 SFAC, International Exhibition, “Magnum Opus”,
Sacramento, CA (Honorable Mention ‘01).
1996/1995 Bennington, VT Center for the Arts, “Women in Art” Open Show.
2001/1999/1995 Oil Painters of America, Springfield, UT (Museum of Art),
Pueblo, CO and Fremont, CA. Regional Exhibitions.
2003-2001 California Art Club’s Annual Plein Air Painting Competition &
Exhibition at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, (CA).
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2001 The Group Show of Jove Wang’s Workshop in China, at the
Chinese Cultural Center, El Monte, CA.
2009-2000 American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Exhibition at
Various host galleries. Signature Status in 2006.
2001 Spectrum Galleries, Solo Exhibition: “California Dreaming”, for September in Historic Folsom, CA.
2002 Oil Painters of America, 11th Annual National Exhibition, Hilligoss
Galleries, Chicago, IL.
2012/2004/2002 The International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art,
“Salon International”, Hosted by the Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
2002 “Plein Air Sonoma”, Week-Long, Painting Competition and Exhibition.
2003 “Plein Air Biennial 2003”, Napa Valley Museum, CA.
2003 California Art Club, SF Chapter Paint-Out and Exhibition, Angel Island.
2010/2008/2004 “Expressions West” Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
2004 “Plein Air Point Reyes”, 4 day, Paint-Out and Month Long Exhibit at
The William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes Station, CA.
2016-2004 “Loomis Art Loop” 12 Professional Loomis Area Artists Open Their Studios for the self-guided Tour, Every Mother’s Day Weekend. www.loomisartloop.com.
2005 “Spring Landscapes”, 8 Plein Air Paintings in this Month Long Group Exhibition at the 20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2005 “Changing Faces of Placer County”, Roseville Arts! Invitational Group
Traveling Exhibition by the Roseville Arts Center.
2005 “Plein Air Painting in Sherwood Forest” National Competition, 1st Place: $2,250.00, Judged by Gerald Brommer, Chico, CA.
2006/2005 California State Fair. Two Paintings were Chosen and Both Won Awards of Merit. Sacramento, CA.
2005 California State Fair, “Plein Air at the Fair”, Two Paintings Purchased for
their Permanent Collection.
2005 “Plein Air Paintings by Victoria Brooks”, Month Long Solo Exhibition at Mackenzie Gallery of American Style, Folsom, CA.
2006 “Colors of Love” Group Show, Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Honorable Mention.
2006 Plein Air Painters of Hawaii, Juried Members Show, Viewpoints Gallery, Maui, HI.
2006 Group Show for April. Featuring 16 paintings of Italy. 20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2016/2012/2009/2006 “Animal House” Exhibition and Competition. Best of Show 2006. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. CA
2006 “Tibet: Top of the World” Solo Exhibition of 15 paintings from Tibet. Wisdom Cafe and Gallery, Nevada City, CA.
2006 “Disappearing Landscapes 2006” Month long, Invitational Art Show by the Placer Land Trust, the Arts Building, Auburn, CA
2013-2006 “Jewel by the Bay”, Frank Bette Center, Plein Air Painting Competition & Exhibition, Week-Long, 40 artists. Alameda, CA.
2007/2006 Estes Park Plein Air 2006, Plein Air Painting Competition and Exhibition. CO
2006 National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Signature Artists Invitational. 2 Month-Long Exhibition. Lyssa Morgan Gallery, Tampa, FL.
2006 Group Show, for December, Including Italian plein air paintings from a workshop I taught in September. 20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2009/2007 “50-50-50 Show”, 50 Small Paintings by 50 Artists in 50 days. Juried Exhibition. 20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
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2007 “Seasons of Martis” Plein Air Painting Competition and Sale, North Lake Tahoe, CA.
2007 “Victoria Brooks’ Juried Student Exhibition” at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA.
2008 “Tribute to Women Artists”, Patris Studio, Sacramento, CA
2008 “Painting Around The World”, Two Month Long Solo Exhibition at the Sacramento County Administrative Building. Including 27 Oil Paintings of China, Mongolia, Tibet, Italy and the United States.
2008 “Romantic Visions” 9 Oil Paintings for Month Long Group Exhibition at the 20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2008 Continuation of “Romantic Visions” Exhibition in the lobby of the “B” Street Theatre,
2008 “Disappearing Landscapes 2008” Two Month long, Invitational Art Show by the Placer Land Trust, Latitude Gallery and Restaurant, Auburn, CA.
2008 “Delta Exhibition” 4 Oil Paintings for Month Long Group Exhibition at the 20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2008 “7th Annual Paint San Clemente” 7-Day Plein Air Painting Competition and Exhibit,
San Clemente, CA.
2008 “Wyoming Plein Air” 7-Day Plein Air Painting Competition and Exhibit, Cheyenne.
2016-2008 National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Signature Artists Invitational.
2009 “17 Featured” 7 Oil Paintings for on-going Group Exhibition at the Patris S12 Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2009 “Spring Song” Group exhibition 8 oil paintings at the Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA.
2009 “Guest Artist” Mid-Town Gallery for July, 9 Oil Paintings, Sacramento, CA.
2009 “North Tahoe Plein Air 2009” Painting Competition and Sale, North Lake Tahoe, CA.
2009 “Lottery for the Arts” Exhibition, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville Arts!
2010 “20 Featured” 7 Oil Paintings for on-going Group Exhibition at the Patris S12
Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2010 National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Signature Artists Invitational. Month Long Exhibition at the Cultural Arts Council Gallery of Estes Park, CO
2010 “Spring Plein Air” 7 oil paintings for 2 Month Long Group Exhibition at the Patris S12 Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2010/2012 “Less is More”, 3 Oil Paintings Juried into this Annual Laguna Plein Air Painters Exhibition. Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA.
2010 “Bold and Beautiful” 7 oil paintings for 2 Month Long Group Exhibition at the Patris S12 Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2010 “Los Gatos Plein Air” Painting Competition and Sale, Los Gatos, CA
2010 “National Invitational Exhibition for American Art”. 2 paintings at the A.R. Mitchell Museum in Trinidad, CO.
2010 “Plein Air San Luis Obispo”, Painting competition and sale, SLO, CA.
2010 “Art Exists Here” 7 Oil Paintings for 2 Month Long Group Exhibition at the Patris S12 Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2011 “Northern California Light: Paintings by the California Art Club” at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 “Art Fusion” 6 Oil Paintings for 2 Month Long Group Exhibition at the Patris S12 Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2011/2012 “Featured Artist” Auburn Old Town Gallery for June.
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2017-2011 “Featured Artist” 30 Oil Paintings for the July Opening at Fairweather House and Garden in the Historic Gilbert District, Seaside, OR. (on-going).
2011 “Plein Air Painting on the Historic Tejon Ranch” California Art Club Invitational.
2016-2011 “Solo Exhibition” 30 Paintings for the Grand Opening of Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell Attorneys at Law, 500 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA. (on going).
2012 “Saving Paradise: Paintings by the California Art Club” 2 month exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2012 “Sea, Sand & Stone” 28 Paintings for this 3 person show at The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA.
2012 “Rivers of Gold” 2 Paintings for this inaugural Sacramento Chapter of the California Art Club at the Bank of America Gallery, Folsom Lake, College, CA.
2013 “Wanderlust” 30 Paintings for this month-long Solo Exhibition at the Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2014-2013 “Small Works”, 3 Paintings in this Group Exhibition at the Capitol Artworks Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2013 “Go Figure”, 4 Paintings in this Group Exhibition at Gallery 625, Woodland, CA.
2013 “On the Water”, 2-month long exhibition at the California Art Club Gallery, The Old Mill, San Marino, CA.
2013 “Eureka! Northern California Light”, 2 Paintings Selected for this California Art Club Exhibition. Bank of America Gallery at the Folsom Lake College, Folsom, CA.
2014 “Endless Summer” 2-month long exhibition at the California Art Club Gallery, The Old Mill, San Marion, CA
2017-2014 Four Group Shows that included 7 Oil Paintings for 2 Month Long Group Exhibition at the Patris S12 Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2016-2014 “Plein Air and More, Cannon Beach, OR” I’m represented by the Sharon Amber Gallery.
2014 Victoria is one of 4 artists selected to have a permanent exhibition of her work at the New River Inn, hotel in Seaside, OR.
2015 “Beauty of the Seasons” 2-month long California Art Club exhibition at the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA.
2016 “Traversing the Globe” California Art Club Exhibition at the Old Mill Gallery, San Marino, CA
2016 “Down by the Sea” 15 oil paintings in this solo exhibition at the Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2017 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Juried Fall Show and Sale. Victoria has 5 paintings in the exhibition 9/1 – 12/31, 2017. She is a guest demonstrator at the November reception. RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX.
2017 Bold Expression, annual national juried exhibition at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA.
2017 “Featured Artist”, Sunset Oaks Framing and Gallery, 3 month long exhibition. Auburn, CA
California Art Club (CAC), (artist member).
Oil Painters of America (OPA), (artist member).
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS), (Signature Member).
American Impressionists Society (AIS), (Signature Member).
Plein Air Painters of Hawaii
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Auburn Old Town Gallery, Auburn, CA Lawrence Galleries, Sheridan, OR
Patris Studio & Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Fairweather’s Gallery, Seaside, OR
Classes and Workshops:
Victoria teaches weekly “Impressionist Oil Painting Classes” at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, fall-spring.
Victoria is also teaching a week long plein air painting workshop in Lake Como Italy, September, 2018. This is her 12-year teaching international workshops, including Italy, France, Greece and Spain.
Galleries & Affiliations: Auburn Old Town Gallery
Hours Of Operation
9am-5pm, Monday – Friday
I have successfully opened my backyard studio during the Placer Open Studio Tour for at least 20 years. I’m also a founding member of the Loomis Art Loop which I have done for 16 years. I find demonstrating during the tour to be a big draw for people.