June 2021 Issue
About the Cover Artist — Victoria Christian
By Kelly Hunter
Raised in Ashland, Oregon, Victoria Christian is an artist, author, sociologist, speaker and so much more. With degrees from Southern Oregon University, Northern Arizona University and Portland State University, she has compiled much of her educational research into the book, Feminine Mysticism in Art: Artists Envisioning the Divine. Victoria’s curiosity and adventurous spirit have taken her to many beautiful places in the Western United States, including Hawaii.
Victoria is a self-taught oil painter whose mission is to create art images that deeply move her audience in emotional and spiritual ways. Through her paintings, she is attempting to transcend the limitations of fear in order to cultivate a world that feels more humane, more connected, more abundant and more sane. She hopes to take people on a journey into their imaginations and cultivate a desire for spiritual awakenings and the expansion of consciousness. “Through my art, I hope to exude to my viewers a feeling of connectivity, of oneness with God, with oneself and with nature. It is my hope that my paintings will serve as a reminder of a quality of life that exists amidst all the craziness and chaos in the world. May you receive the magic of my creation not only visually, but in your hearts,” Victoria said.
This month’s cover is entitled Destination Sun: Cali Biking Goddess, part of a series of Biking Goddess paintings in progress. “The bike has always been a healing and spiritual path for me. My senior year in college, my house burned down and all I had to my name was my bike. I rode the bike every day in the mountains in Ashland. Riding my bike not only helped me with the PTSD symptoms by getting embodied, it also helped me calm my ruminating mind down as it would run amok with negative thinking. Little did I know at the time, my bike would be an angel and lead me into my next phase of life as a competitive mountain bike racer. I got sponsored and had the opportunity of traveling and riding my bike in some of the most pristine places in nature. I eventually moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, and attended Northern Arizona University where I got on the college biking team. I continued to paint while in graduate school and decided to do an entire series of biking goddesses in different settings. The goal was to eventually do an entire calendar of biking goddesses, but I have only done four so far. Destination Sun represents my inner child. It also represents breaking free from limitations and allowing yourself to explore this amazing planet.”
When we told Victoria that this month’s theme is #AdventureAwaits, she said: “As an avid biker and hiker, my motto has always been “Carpe Diem.” Our time is very short on this beautiful planet, and as a humble admirer, I want to see and experience as much as possible.”
You can view and purchase more of Victoria’s magical artwork at www.mysticspiritart.com/victoria-christian-art. Her book Feminine Mysticism in Art: Artists Envisioning the Divine is available on www.amazon.com.