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VICKI VISCONTI-TILLEY: Art of Enchantment, Faery & Myth
Faeries at the Forefront of the ARTV Awards

Vicki Visconti-Tilley, © Russell Tilley 2005As the black limousine pulled to the curb, the crowd fell silent outside the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Who would be the next “celebrity” on the red carpet? The door swings open and a beautiful, ethereal fairy emerges. What? Yes, a fairy in the form of “Art of Enchantment” artist Vicki Visconti-Tilley, dressed in a stunning purple gown and wings which shimmered as she walked down the red carpet with her family and licensing agent, Carol Perciavalle of Land of Myth and Not. The occasion: the first annual Premier Academy Awards for visual artists, the ARTV Fine Arts Awards, which was filmed October 29th 2005, in Las Vegas. This historic event, created by visionary art promoter, Audrey Roberts, differs from most in that the artists were judged not only on their artistic talent, but also on their dedication to producing their art, along with a firm commitment to promoting the arts.

The evening was to bring more surprises to Vicki. The competition of over fifty artists from throughout the United States and beyond was divided into thirteen categories. Vicki was nominated for her painting done in Prisma colored pencil, “Mermaid Moon Rising” pictured here.“Mermaid Moon Rising”, one of three pieces shown at ARTVawards © Vicki Visconti-Tilley 2005

Her exquisitely intricate and delicate pen & inks were on exhibit as well. The art of enchanted worlds was well represented. Along with Vicki, such notable nominees as Josephine Wall (acrylic), Francine Dufour (mixed media) and Debra Von Zink (oil) attended. It was a win for the entire field of fantasy and faerie art when Ms. Visconti-Tilley was presented the “Muse” Award for Drawing. “This is the first time an artist working in this field, has won a national award that focuses on all genres,” stated Visconti-Tilley in her acceptance speech.

Faerie Magazine and Vicki’s sponsors, Land of Myth and Not, Inc, congratulate her on winning the prestigious Muse award and celebrate her dedication to sharing her vision with the world by continuing to produce such magical and enchanted art.

Ms. Visconti-Tilley is no stranger to the podium. She has won numerous awards throughout her career. In 2004, she was asked to be one of five celebrity artist judges for the Art Quotient Annual international competition, following in the footsteps of world-renowned artist Bob Byerly. The same year she was also the recipient of an Artist in Residency grant with the Lied Children’s Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. This resulted in a permanent installation in the museum of her work and her students entitled “A Tapestry of Dragons and Unicorns.” The prestigious online Duirwaigh Gallery has also named Vicki one of the Top Ten Romantic Fantasy Artists in their Arthur Rackham competition. Influences of Mr. Rackham as well contemporary faery artists such as Brian Froud, along with the works of the Pre-Raphaelites and a love of Celtic knotwork are seen in her work. Her illustrations can be found in several books and magazines including Creative Colored Pencil, Storytime Books “The Story of Cara,” Fractured Rhymes, In Light Times and the Faerie Magazine, to name just a few. Vicki is also named in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West.

Vicki Visconti-Tilley, faery wings, ARTVAwards-Muse award for Drawing © Francine Dufour & Vicki Visconti-Tilley 2005Ms. Visconti-Tilley began her art career at the age of three in the “Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico, but now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She credits much of her success to her parents, her husband Russell and daughter Shannon. “My mom taught me to color outside the lines and dad was the one who hauled me to every art show I could enter.” But the type of art she creates was destiny, the Art of Enchantment, Faery & Myth. Her subjects were born within her and carried forward in her soul for centuries. With her European ancestry, Vicki has always felt a link to the Old World images of forgotten civilizations. Simply signing her artwork “Visconti,” she is one of a few artists skilled in many different mediums including pen & ink, colored pencil, watercolor and oils.

Vicki dreams of castles filled with chivalrous knights, dragons from times of old, strong heroic women fighting for their place in the world, goddesses and moonlit marshes glittering with luminous faerie wings. These romantic images are her inspiration. Her art leads us to a place hidden deep within all of us, where magic is real and faeries do fly and where myth and legend are truths. Her most recent series is “Season of the Faerie.” These oil paintings explore the different stages in a fae’s life and each is accompanied by poetry that Vicki has composed.

To view more of Vicki’s work, please visit her website at www.vickiviscontitilley.com or www.landofmyth.com

Debbe Sussman
Art Consultant, Gallery P
Las Vegas, Nevada

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