Virginia Cole (Valley Center, California)
Virginia lives and paints in her studio on the Rincon Indian Reservation near Valley Center, California. She has painted for over 45 years using a variety of different media and styles. In recent years her work has become more abstracted using mixed water media. She exhibits mainly in Southern California, is a member of the Escondido Arts Partnership, Fallbrook Art Center Artist’s Guild, and is a Signature Member of the San Diego Watercolor Society. She is an award-winning artist and has juried the Abstract Division for the Art Exhibit at the San Diego County Fair. How her paintings develop: Virginia usually begins a work without a preconceived concept and is led by instinct as she works. This willingness to be led is part of what makes her pieces so visually compelling. She loves work that is suggestive and ambiguous; work that encourages the imagination of the viewer and prefers to leave interpretation of her work open. She is fascinated by the creative process; her art is ever-changing and evolving based upon inspiration she gains from a wide range of sources. Materials she uses: Virginia works with a variety of mixed water media materials on canvas, wood panels, and watercolor paper. She uses acrylic paint, collage (hand painted tissue papers, found papers, rice papers, printed text), ink, pastels, watercolor pencils, and often uses sandpaper to get unique, richly-textured effects.