Virginia Thompson’s mother was very wise. When Virginia was 12, and very sick, her mother went to Virginia’s school to pick up her homework. As the teacher gathered the work from Virginia’s desk, handfuls of paper covered with drawings kept emerging. Virginia’s mother promptly signed her daughter up for art classes with the town’s most notable artist. That set Virginia on a life path filled with art classes, art history and books, an interest in materials and science, and a deep appreciation for the rewards that come from doing things well. Virginia’s oil paintings and watercolors encapsulate these characteristics with her masterful use of light and color, and her powerful rendering of the beauty of the land.