Victoria’s life long passion for the arts began in her native New York—just a few miles from the museums, theaters and cultural happenings of the Big Apple. Her biggest influence was her father, Paul Ashley, who combined an amazing talent as a sculptor with his love of theater to become a world-renowned puppeteer and pioneer of early children’s television.
Victoria earned her BA in Art & Design from Iowa State University. After graduating, she took off for several years to become a “professional ski bum” in the mountains of Colorado. It was great fun but not creatively fulfilling, so she returned to New York City to study advertising design at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
A 2-year freelance position in the creative services department of Esteé Lauder provided excellent on-the-job training, leading to a career in package design for the cosmetics and fragrance industry, first with Charles of the Ritz Group, Ltd., then with L’Oreal USA.
When the Munroe family relocated to Oregon in 1989, her professional focus shifted to graphic design. Victoria spent several years as an art director with The Fox Creative Group in Portland. She left to start her own company, Smart Blonde Design, which specializes in graphic design for print and web. She feels very fortunate to be able to say, “I love my job.”
Along with being the mom of two very active boys (now grown) and running a business, Victoria has always been involved in the community. She served for six years on the board of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, was on the Selection Committee for the Lake Oswego Arts Council Chronicle Exhibition and is currently on the board of Willamette Women Democrats.
After 24 years in Lake Oswego, Victoria and her husband, Wayne became empty nesters and moved to Oregon City. She is delighted to discover it’s many cultural and historical offerings, and is excited by the potential opportunities that will be created by the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.