"Born in Santa Barbara California Victoria comes from three generations of artists. Her maternal great, great, great Grandfather B. A. Bateman exhibited art in Glasgow Inst. of Fine Art, and The Louvre in the late 1800’s. His vision and business sense helped develop the famous Newlyn School of Art Cornwall in England by purchasing land which he gave to the school known today as Bateman’s Meadow. On the land he built glass studios for budding artists to come and paint during the cold seasons allowing them to paint the beautiful landscapes of the meadow all year round. Benjamin Arthur Bateman
was a great talent and his story and paintings romanced Victoria her entire childhood.
In the mid 90's Victoria was recruited by Playboy magazine and published as Miss January 1996 Centerfold. While working as a model In 2000 Victoria
had an art career in sight and took her portfolio to Hefner to work in the art department for the magazine but walked away with a licensing contract signed with Playboy. The contract was spear headed by Hugh Hefner making her the 1st and only artist in history to ever receive such a licensing contract, (which renewed for ten years) allowing the use of all of Playboy trade mark symbols like the Rabbit head, the Bunny costume and Hef himself.
2004 Victoria launched a collection called THE MARK, which consisted of 50 original oils and several
limited edition prints of the Playboy art. Victoria’s collection was displayed and sold in 50 solo shows in 50 cities, which followed the 50th Anniversary Playboy Tour all in one year. In 2005 was selected with former husband for the CBS show, The Amazing Race, which set off a string of reality show appearances.
Victoria was later approached by Pioneer and Dean Guitars to collaborate and soon after with gaming
giant IGT to do game design and animation.
Working in a fast paced structured environment was an amazing experience that changed the course of her art forever.
Hugh Hefner has challenged and inspired me to do something great, I will always be grateful to the
Iconic man for trusting me with his brand.
Today Victoria continues to evolve and collaborate as an artist in her Los Angeles studio.