From Hungary, to New Jersey and now to East Bend, a local artist is putting her talents to work in the community and beyond. Viktoria Majestic said she has loved art for as long as she can remember. Majestic paints commissioned works as well as for her own pleasure. She will be teaching a special workshop on oil painting at the Yadkin Arts Council on Jan. 30.
“I have been drawing since I can remember,” Majestic said. “All my life I related to art.”
Majestic said as a youth she was particularly drawn to nature.
“I really liked nature so when I was little I was always drawing flowers, later on I was more interested in people and animals,” she said.
In her early 20s, Majestic began an apprenticeship with a well-known Hungarian artist who painted scenes on eggshells. Majestic moved to the United States in her mid-20s where she studied business in a college in New Jersey. She then studied at the Art Students League of New York and the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey.
Following her graduation from business school, Majestic opened her own business painting murals, which she did for eight years.
Majestic chuckles at the dramatic change from her first days as an apprentice painting on the tiny canvass of an eggshell to then painting murals which were entire walls or ceilings. She said the variety of styles of her painting experiences have helped shape her as an artist.
“It’s a very interesting experience, I think it taught me a lot as far as technique,” she said. “I think it helped me develop as an artist.”
Her studies at the Art Students League and Ridgewood Art Institute lead her to focus her work on oil painting, which is now her primary medium.
Majestic paints custom portraits, with a focus on pet portraits, as well as other commissioned work. In her free time, she said she paints pretty much anything. She said she found it difficult to pick one subject matter that was her favorite to paint. Although she did say her very favorite painting she had ever done was of a boy with parrot.
“It’s a little boy I saw at a Renaissance fair and just that moment in time, the expression on his face, the feelings I saw, I felt I was able to capture it in my painting,” she said.
Painting, for Majestic, is also a way of relieving stress.
“It transports me to a different place,” Majestic said of painting. “It’s absolutely relaxing and it’s very rewarding when you do something and it turns out the way you wanted it to turn out.”
Majestic said art for her just gives her a happy feeling.
“And it feels like something I can share with people,” she added.
The Jan. 30 workshop at the Yadkin Arts Council will likely have beginners and some who have prior experience with painting, Majestic said. She said she looks forward to it.
“I really enjoy teaching and I’m happy when I can give something to people that I got from my teachers,” she said.
For those who may be considering the workshop or taking up painting as a hobby, Majestic said “don’t change your mind.”
“Give it a try,” Majestic encouraged. “Most people, in my experience, even if they don’t become amazing artists, the process really makes them happy and stress free. It’s really a stress reliever for many. I think it’s a great experience for those who just want to try it for fun.”
The workshop The Secrets of Realistic Painting with Viktoria Majestic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center and is for all levels. The cost is $75 for members and $90 for non-members, includes all art supplies. Participants will be guided through the fundamentals of oil painting, color mixing, canvas preparation, values and will learn the secrets of how to create a beautiful painting from start to finish. More advanced artists will be able to hone their skills by learning new ways to improve their technique and work. Although still life will be the main focus of this workshop, everything the students will learn can be applied to landscape and portrait painting as well. Participants can expect to complete one medium-sized painting.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Viktoria’s skill set and training offer this level of class here at the center,” said Director of Visual Arts Jody Pounds. “She is very dedicated to her art and to becoming immersed in our art community.”
For more information on the artwork of Viktoria Majestic, visit www.viktoriamajestic.com. For information on upcoming workshops at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, visit www.yadkinarts.org.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.