Juried Artist BPAF 2017
"We are surrounded by visual beauty: vast, stunning and sometimes unexpected. Both natural and manmade phenomena exist side by side to create artistic harmony, delightful to the senses. This is what I seek to capture in my paintings." Virginia's art reflects an adventurous life, including extensive travel in Europe and the Americas. Always intrigued by bold patterns in nature and in architecture, Virginia paints compositions with a grateful love of place, bright light and graphic juxtaposition of local colors. Born and raised in Northern California, and educated in fine arts at the University of California, Virginia began work in graphic design in Santa Barbara. She then pursued a noteworthy career in design and branding at Landor Associates and AAA of Northern California, specializing in corporate identity and creative team development. While working in San Francisco and raising two boys, Virginia continued painting in her free time and when traveling. She also completed occasional commissioned work, and found opportunities to show her watercolors and acrylics in the San Francisco Bay Area. Seeking adventure and a new way of life, Virginia and her husband, Gabriel, a native of Argentina, moved with their horses in 2014 to southern Arizona. They settled in the high desert foothills above Tubac, a colorful town with a history of art appreciation and education. Here, she has turned her focus to painting, including plein air work, in Arizona, California and nearby Mexico.
Currently, Virginia’s watercolors have been exhibited and sold at the Tubac Center of the Arts, where she is a member and a volunteer; in addition, she is represented at the Galleria del Bac, also in Tubac. Her “Desert Landscape” painting was selected in 2016 as a winner to be published in a series of “Wish You Were Here - Views of Southern Arizona” postcards at TCA. Other local galleries where her work has been exhibited and sold include the Hilltop Gallery, and the Little Gallery at the Americana Hotel, in Nogales, Arizona. In collaboration with the Hilltop, a gallery that emphasizes education and cross cultural exchange in the borderlands, Virginia taught a series of painting classes at the local Boys and Girls Club in 2016.
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