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Victoria Wilson-Schultz

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a wonderful artist and friend Victoria Wilson-Schultz who passed away unexpectedly due to a short illness.

Vikki was an amazing artist and will be deeply missed by her family, friends and countless other art enthusiasts who loved and appreciated her stunning imagery. It was truly a privilege to work with her for so many years and our hearts go out to her loved ones.

Born into an artistic family in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Vikki fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age which naturally progressed into painting the wildlife around her. Working primarily in pastels she pushed the boundaries of her medium with exquisite detail and realism. Vikki recognized the importance of observing her subjects in their natural surroundings and traveled extensively to gather references for her detailed paintings. Her favorite places to visit included Yellowstone National Park, Alaska and Africa as well as exploring the wild areas surrounding her home in Ramona, California.

A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Vikki was featured in numerous magazines and books and was celebrated all over the country at art shows and galleries.

Vikki’s husband John posted the following on her Facebook page for those who would like to honor her memory:

  1. Give to an animal rescue in your town (with one big caveat): Do your research as Victoria so meticulously did. Don’t just click-and-give. Research, or better yet, visit the facility. Meet the people running it and the animals. Get involved. Then give – time, money, items for auction, toys, feed, or any combination of these.
  2. Shop at your local farmer’s market and/or organic farmer’s stand. The quality of the food is amazing and you’ll be supporting a hard-working family. If you think your job is tough – try being a farmer.
  3. Support education of the arts in your local schools - even if you don’t have kids or your kids are older. Donate materials and/or your time. Attend plays, concerts, and art exhibits. And vote.
  4. Support your local community arts – community theater, plays, musicals, art guilds, galleries, art shows, orchestras, symphonies, chorales, and more.
  5. And finally, spend some time each day making the world a little better than it was when you awoke. Here are some things that Victoria tried to live each day:
  • Be kind. Always. Especially when others make it difficult.
  • Laugh. A lot.
  • Cry. A little.
  • Wag more, bark less.
  • Pray for those who cause you to lose sleep, regardless of the reason.
  • Support your friends.
  • Buy a meal for someone who really needs it.
  • Be the light in the room, especially when things are not going your way.
  • In friends, colleagues, mentors, and leaders, follow actions more than words. Many people say the right thing. Far fewer do the right thing.
  • Treat relationships like a good wine. Give them time to mature. Let them breathe. Don’t judge simply the first sip. Stay for the finish. Savor the complexities.
  • When you reach the next rung of the ladder, turn around and help the person behind you reach their next rung.
  • Be humble. Never believe you have learned all there is to learn in your chosen field.
  • Try something new. Learn from those who are gifted at something you’ve always wanted to do.
  • Teach others what you know – sharing your knowledge doesn’t give away your secrets, it opens new possibilities. 
  • Help and encourage those just getting started.
  • Do something that will cause someone to talk about you at dinner tonight.
  • And finally…  Love. Unconditionally.

Vikki was an important part of MHS Licensing and she will be forever missed. While her life was unfairly cut short and we are deeply saddened by her death, we are blessed to have known her and Vikki’s beautiful paintings will be cherished forever.

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