At the heart of Virginia’s artistic practice is a belief in the importance of landscape in reflecting the evolution of nature and an expression of cultural identity and self. Her work ranges from vast landscapes to intimate studies using an extensive range of materials on canvas including mixed media, natural materials from the land, photographs and the written word.
Born and raised in Nidderdale, Yorkshire, where her family have lived and worked for generations, Virginia has developed a strong understanding of the history of landscape and its’ particular rural and industrial stories.
Virginia studied History at Lancaster University followed by an MA in Fine Art, Farnham UCA. She currently lives and works in her studio in Surrey, drawing inspiration from frequent trips to her native Yorkshire and extended visits to Ibiza and Norfolk.
Taking inspiration from these landscapes, she explores the ecology, physical environment and identity of those people who have lived within it. The sincerity of place in her work is carried through the words and images of these people, often blended into her canvas as in the landscape. Her paintings evoke an honest and calm continuation of the passage of time.