So, who is Virginia?
I’m both incredibly strong, and sometimes very fragile. I am a weird mix of Midwest values and East Coast sensibilities that makes sense as you get to know me. A city girl to my very core I draw strength from the mountains and find peace surrounded by nature. I will watch entire movies just to see a particular scene (the wedding vows in Medea’s Family Reunion) or hear a favorite line (“You don’t need a man, you need a champion.” Eat, Pray, Love).
I’m extremely thankful for the adults in my life and their belief in the power of imagination. I refuse to believe I won’t one day meet a dragon or find fairies living in the corner of the garden. I also have a rock solid faith in God and believe he’s big enough, tough enough, and loves me enough that I can question him, yell at him when I’m angry, even defy him in stubborn moments and he will still be there waiting with open arms when I get over myself. That said, those beliefs are mine and I never try to persuade anyone else to make them their own.
I’m an artist/writer who frequently thinks through all the logical steps of a project in detail before diving in and losing myself to creative passion. Except for times like this weekend when I invested twenty-four hours of painting before doing any thinking resulting in a painting far to delicate to withstand the work needed to finish…now I have to do the thinking (and research) before beginning again. Twenty-four hours of work washed down the drain in less than a minute…ugh. When explaining the painting to a friend their response was, “You really don’t ever think inside the box do you?” After thinking about it a moment all I could do was laugh and say, “No, and if someone gave me a box I’d probably turn it into something else before planting myself in it.” Everyone around laughed and agreed.
I’m passionate; about my art, about writing, about fundraising, about life, but more than anything I am passionate about people. There are two quotes on the inside of my front door that I stop to read every time I leave the house.
“Do not be immune to the absolute wonder of the human person.”
“The meaning and purpose of a relationship is to help, challenge, encourage and inspire each other to become the very best version of yourselves.”