Vida Pearson born in 1957 at Wonthaggi, Victoria.
Her early life was spent living in various country towns in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. As a child her love of drawing was paramount but with the cultural isolation of small country towns, the thought of one day becoming an artist seemed remote. It was not until studying art in Year 12 at Dubbo High School that she finally stepped into an art gallery the occasion was “ Modern Masters Manet to Matisse” held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, it was a revelation and sowed the seed of artistic ambition.
So, it was in 1982 with the support of her partner Fred Ross, Vida realised a life-long ambition to study art.
She spent the next 3 years studying at the North Adelaide School of Art – majoring in printmaking and drawing. In 1985 they moved to their 5- acre bush block near Ballarat in Victoria, where Vida has her studio and Fred, who makes fine hand-crafted furniture, had his workshop. The environment they have created there is one conducive to their need to work alongside one another in an atmosphere of harmony and natural beauty. Much of Vida’s work is inspired by her numerous travels internationally and within Australia. The flora and bird-life of a region are her main focus. Several field trips each year to different regions in Australia are an absolute must for her continuing portfolio of Grevilleas, Banksias and Eucalypts. Australian birds – are also eagerly sort after. Field trips also serve another function in that they provide a welcome break from the solitary and inward looking existence of the studio. Catching up on what’s happening in galleries is also important for her continuing development as an artist.
Vida has always had a strong commitment to regularly exhibiting in group and solo shows. Over the years one has seen a strong individual style emerging, especially in her hand-coloured linocuts – with their bold colours and strong design. With the constant seeking of new inspirations and dedication to her art we can see her work continue to grow and evolve.
Vida can be contacted at email@example.com and further work can be viewed at www.vidapearson.com