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Life & Work with Virginia Carroll, CPSA, CPX

Today we’d like to introduce you to Virginia Carroll, CPSA, CPX.

Hi Virginia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was exposed to art at an early age when my mother signed my sister and me up for some art classes at the YWCA…that was all that was needed to begin my journey as an artist. I took every opportunity that came along to enhance my skills in creating art from elementary school through high school and college and even today, if I feel I can benefit in some way by learning about a new material or technique, I will avail myself of art workshops. I began in the traditional way with the traditional media…first pencil and charcoal then moving on to various color materials including pastels, watercolor, oils and, when they came along, acrylics.

In 2006, I accidentally stumbled across colored pencil as an art medium, was immediately hooked and have used no other medium since that time. It suited my needs as an artist as no other medium ever had! This was because of the precision and detail I was able to accomplish with the fine point of the pencil. As I learned to work with this medium, I searched for different materials and ways to use them to enhance my skills and improve the final results. I tried different surfaces on which to work and learned to use different ways to blend and burnish the layers of pencil that were layed down on the surfaces.

Finally, after years of experimentation, I have settled on a technique of working on a heated board, called an Icarus Board, a surface of a particular drafting film called Grafix .005, with a matte finish on both sides, and several new brands of colored pencil that have been improved and developed over the years with an improved degree of lightfastness. This technique allows me to create drawings of fine detail and expression. I love to draw all subjects, such as still life, landscapes, animals, flora of the desert, portraiture and, occasionally, a bit of fantasy or whimsy.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Shortly after leaving school, I married and had children so, of necessity, my focus was on my family and later the need to work outside the home to support myself and my children. Naturally, this left little time for me to work with my art, but even though I was not creating art throughout those years, it was always in my mind. When I was finally in a position where I had the time to begin to work at my art again, I found that thinking about all that time had been beneficial and I had not lost any of my skill and actually found that I was better than that when I had stopped working in earlier years. Particularly, when I discovered colored pencils, I had the needed inspiration to work hard with this new medium and reach the skill level that I desired.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am most pleased that I received recognition from my peers in my chosen field of art, Colored Pencil. I have Signature membership in two aspects of the national organization for colored pencil artists, the Colored Pencil Society of America. I am Vice-President of the CPSA Arizona chapter. I am active in several state and local art organizations. I have had my work accepted in many national and international exhibitions, I have had articles and work published in quite a few magazines and books over the years, have won a plethora of awards and have my work in private collections nationally.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Though I no longer teach art, I am always happy to be available to encourage and advise emerging artists and promote art in any way I can!

Obviously, the best way to support me is to help me put my work in front of the public and through sales of my work.😊

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©Virginia Carroll

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