My greatest satisfaction as an artist is realized through the process of portrait painting, both human and, more recently, canine. My goal is to reflect the spirit and mood of the subject using a loose, representational approach combined with a touch of the unexpected. I like my colors to be complementary, bold, but not loud. I rely on movement within a composition to add life to the portrait. I prefer the aesthetic of oils for purity of color and the buttery look and feel they deliver in the application process. Oils provide such a time-tested medium. I draw inspiration from the Masters and think it vital to be knowledgeable about their techniques and to keep that link with history alive and well.
- Virginia Wilson

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