"Kayaking the Hudson & Beyond"

About the Artist

Vikki Jones is a Planned Giving Officer at Weill Cornell Medicine with a successful history of assisting donors in maximizing their philanthropy. She has worked in development for over twenty five years and has experience in annual giving, capital campaigns, major/leadership gifts, membership, planned giving, and special events. 


          Vikki has called Dobbs Ferry (or the Hudson Valley) her home for the past 35 years. A former Trustee in the Village of Dobbs Ferry with a background of service to many of the community boards and committees including the League of Women Voters and PTSA. 
Currently, she serves as the President of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, is a board member of the New York City Association of Fundraising Professionals (NYCAFP) and is President Emeritus of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY). Vikki has completed a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU and is a  Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). 


In her spare time, Vikki leads a kayaking group in the Hudson River Valley.


ARTIST STATEMENT

Twenty years ago I discovered joy, excitement and beauty through kayaking. I often trailed behind the others, attempting to capture that special light or hold on to that magical moment, camera in hand.  Photography allowed me to keep a visual record of my travels, from the intimacy of spotting an animal in their natural environment to the grandeur of a wide vista that opened before me.  When the images are scaled up from the tiny camera screen to a framed print, the beauty of the natural world shines through.  My wish is that you enjoy these images as much as I have enjoyed photographing them.


In 2005, I began a kayaking group to make new friends to join in my adventures. My journey now approaches 600 trips, thousands of photos and many new friends. I encourage you to seek adventure and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.


- Vikki