Virginia enjoyed playing with paints and crayons when she was a small child. Art fascinated her even then, and once in school she took every art class she could fit into her schedule. She loved working with clay, drawing, painting in oils and acrylics, and finally settled into watercolors of pets by commission.
While working as hiking guide in the 1990s one of her dogs passed away from aggressive cancer when she was away in Hawaii. Not being home at such a difficult time was so painful, and when she came home she painted a watercolor of Sophie, the dog who passed. It wasn’t a great painting, but it was a start. Being encouraged by her friends who wanted her to paint their pets, she did just that, and with their support became brave enough to charge for the portraits. After 14 years as the director of the local animal shelter and a dedication to animal rescue, she recently retired and took up painting again.
So, twenty years later she is seriously painting watercolor pet portraits by commission. Watercolor is her first love, but she is also dabbling in pastels and acrylics.