Vivienne Strauss has no formal training in the arts but does have a degree in Philosophy. Vivienne is primarily a painter (both watercolor and oil) but she also likes to work with collage. She is inspired by classic films, found vintage photographs and fashion as well as by what she reads or hears. Often a well written phrase or an interesting sounding name will develop into a painting or even a a whole series of them. Her work tends to be lighthearted but with touches of humor and melancholy. She has shown in NYC, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.