Cedar City, Utah
Vicki McGalliard was born in 1959 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1980 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Carson-Newman College, and in 1983 a Master of Arts degree, also in History, from Middle Tennessee State University.
Vicki has had an interest in drawing and painting since childhood. She took an art history course in college where she fell in love with classical art and made straight A’s. However, it wasn’t until later in life that she has been able to pursue her interest in drawing and painting regularly. Vicki studied water color painting under the late Agnes Locke of Del Rio, Texas, and continues to hone her drawing skills through online art courses such as The Drawing Academy, an online school which teaches fine art drawing. She has also taken The Working Artist online workshop. Her work was on display in the Del Rio Spring Art Fest in 2015 and 2016 in Del Rio, Texas, where she won two blue ribbons with cash prizes, two 2nd Place ribbons, a 3rd Place ribbon, and an Honorable Mention. In 2018 a work she did in pen sold in a silent auction to benefit the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Her work is included in private collections across the United States. Vicki McGalliard belongs to the Southern Utah Watercolor Society.
I am drawn to architecture as a subject matter. I like trying to convey some feeling of being there, being present in that moment. My main medium is watercolor and pen. I am beginning to explore history through the use of other mediums such as color pencil, oils, and soft pastels. My interest regarding subject matter, however, is not limited to architecture alone. I am also interested in botanicals and landscapes.
I have a love for history. It started when I was very young. Throughout my life and travels, I have had opportunities to tour one historical site after another, whether it was a home dating back to times of the American Revolution, Civil War battlefields, colonial government buildings, a sunken WWII Japanese airplane, Japanese caves on the western Pacific islands of Guam and Saipan, or countless museums. I discovered that the more I looked at old photos, or visited locations of historic events throughout the world, the more I found myself being drawn into those images and locations, sometimes feeling almost as though I could have been there in that time. That is what I want viewers to feel when they see my art — a chance to look into a world where they can feel transported to that time, that place, if only just for a moment.
I like to depict historical places or locations in a way that draws the viewer in, inviting them to look closer and perhaps find themselves there in the moment. I currently work in ink and watercolors.