Virginia’s Artist Statement:
I have always had some form of art in my life. I enjoy trying new mediums and new canvas to paint on. I am a self taught artist.
I began painting on feathers 22 years ago. We owned an acreage in Nebraska and had twelve Peafowl and some Turkeys which naturally molted feathers for me. I heard about feather painting from a friend who had visited Florida and had noticed some at a store there. I taught myself to paint on the feathers and it has opened up a new venue for selling my art. All of the Peafowl or Turkey feathers are free-hand painted Native American motif, wildlife, or the feather could be special ordered to show a portrait of a favorite pet.
I entered the Nebraska State Fair and won Best in Division. Also as a member of Artists of Minnesota, I won the People’s Choice Award at their Spring Show, which was held in St. Cloud, MN in 2004. And in 2012 in Hutchinson, MN I won 2nd place in Mixed Media.