Virginia's inspiration for her art comes from her deep love of nature and what it continually teaches us. She is drawn to the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, science and astronomy, and the worlds' various expressions of spirituality and how we humans fit into, and interpret all this. These interests inform her art.
Her work is becoming more 'conceptual" in nature, whether working in abstract, semi-abstract or realistically. She explores the "essence" of things, paradox and metaphor, the processes of transformation, through the visible and invisible forces that shape our lives.
She begins with an idea that she wants to explore, and then creates images and settings to support the original concept, including color and compositional elements. Often she works intuitively. She works in acrylic and oils at this time.
From Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada, Virginia attended the Faculty of Education at the U of Alberta,Edmonton, AB. She was a Primary School Educator for 27 years in Cold Lake AB. Teaching and raising a family left no time for developing a personal art career.
During her teaching career, Virginia also planned and implemented, for the city of Cold Lake, AB, a summer program called " Creative Art for Youth" for ages 9- 16. She also taught for the Lakeland College a course called " Arts and Puppetry", for teacher-aides, and designed and taught an adjunct component to this called "Creativity Development." For a time, she designed and sold her own jewellry through an Edmonton wholesale jewellry company , and was a semi-finalist in the Mink Lake New Designer Search, Edmonton, AB.
In 1995 Virginia retired from Education and moved to Kelowna, BC. There, from her home studio, she spent 9 years making and selling ceramics and ClayArt, and belonged to the Okanagan Potter's Association.
In 2005 Virginia moved to Victoria BC Canada to be nearer family. In 2010 she could finally persue her enduring desire to make art full time, through painting, and perhaps, to work in clay again.
Her work is in private collections across Canada, USA and parts of Europe.
ASSOCIATIONS ( current & past )
Victoria Sketch Club - Annual Spring show (current)
Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Association, Sydney, BC - SPAC (current)
VAC - Victoria Arts Council (current)
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria ( Moss St. Paint -In, Summer Small Works, Christmas Small Works ) (past)
Scattered Artists Summer Tour (past)
Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter (past)