Vicki was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She attended Wichita State University one year then transferred to Kansas University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. She was an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta women's faternity. At the University of Kansas she met her husband, James R. Morley. After graduation they married and set up housekeeping in Bogota, Colombia where they both were Peace Corps volunteers for two years. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Vicki not only developed Spanish language skills but also was able to use her art education in a number of ways. She helped the Colombian Conservation Agency by doing pen and ink illustrations for a book they were publishing on indigenous animal skeletons. She did numerous visual aides for teachers and other volunteers. Her biggest project was designing a store interior, which promoted sales of artesanias made by the campesinos from remote parts of the country. After the Peace Corps, Vicki and Jim remained in Colombia while Jim worked for the Organization of American States.

 

1978 brought Vicki and Jim back to the United States where they settled in the northwest suburbs of Chicago so Jim could join his father in business. Vicki devoted herself to raising their two daughters, Melissa and Nicole, becoming involved in their schools as a volunteer art teacher, "picture lady" and generally being available whenever an "artsy" was needed.

 

By 1990 Vicki was ready to continue her art education through classes and workshops in watercolor and oil painting. She has received valuable instruction from Don Andrews, Bridget Austin, Gale Bennett, Gerald Brommer, Ratindra Das, Nita Engle, Nancy Fortunato, Frank Francese, Tom Francesconi, Alain Gavin, Ted Nuttall, Stephen Quiller, Catherine Wilson Smith, Mel Stabin and Tom Trausch.

 

As a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America since 1993, Vicki has served as co-chair of the Slide Receiving Committee, has been the Special Promotions Chairman, Second Vice-President, and Vice-President/Exhibit Chair -- and -- President of TWSA from 2003-2005. She is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Florida Watercolor Society, a 'signature' member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society, and Three Lakes Center for the Arts in the Northwoods. Her work can be seen at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. Vicki and Jim divide their time between Three Lakes and Winter Park, Florida.

 

Besides painting, Vicki enjoys traveling and has visited most of Europe and South America as well as Kenya, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Belize, and New Zealand. One particular highlight of Vicki's art career was to have the opportunity to spend a week with colleagues painting in Monet's gardens in Giverny, France.

 

ART EDUCATION

 

BFA degree in Interior Design, University of Kansas.

 

Studied with nationally known artists Don Andrews, Joseph Bohler, Gerald Brommer, Ratindra Das, Nita Engle, Frank Francese, Ted Nuttall, John Salminen, Mel Stabin, Stephen Quiller and Catherine Wilson Smith.

 

Life Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America: President 2003-2005; Vice President/Exhibit Chair 2001-2003; Second Vice President 1999-2001; Special Promotions Committee Chair 1997-1999; Co-chair, Slide Receiving Committee 1996-1999

 

Signature member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society

 

Also a member of the following organizations:

 

 

Vicki is also an active member of the Three Lakes Center for the Arts in the Northwoods where her works are frequently on exhibit.

 

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