“Color is an integral part of my work, so the strong intensity of the silk dyes is a great asset when combining fantasy with intense color to recreate my subject. I am definitely influenced by my background as a textile designer as I look for patterns such as in water flowing and leaves on trees. My landscape and particularly the things around me inspire my art. “
Vivien’s favorite activities are painting and spending time in nature. So besides painting on silk, she also paints plein air with oils. Her paintings have been in galleries and museums throughout Long Island. “Table Set for One” was in the Long Island 48th Artists Exhibition at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY. and won Honorable Mention Award and the painting was featured in the New York Times June 15, 2003.
She also exhibited in Maryland including the Dennis and Philip Ratner Museum, the University of Maryland at College Park the Sandy Springs Museum in Sandy Springs, and as well as the district courthouse in Greenbelt Maryland where she received honorable mention for her silk painting “Late November.” Her silk paintings are included in the book “Best of Silk Painting” by Tuchman and Janas, and were also on the cover and inside “The Village Connection Magazine.”
Vivien is a member of the Huntington Arts Council, Long Island Art league, Independent Art Society and the Silk Painters International (in which in June 2006 was Artist of the Month). Vivien teaches Silk Painting for the Long Island Art League in Dix Hills and lives in Melville NY.