Virginia Evans Branch is a fifth generation native of Columbus, Mississippi. She has lived all over the world and has recently returned to her hometown of Columbus. She lives with Bill, her husband of 28 years, and has two grown children, Harrison and Sarah. She attributes her love for flowers from her mother’s garden. Living in her family’s antebellum home, she has a new appreciation for the flowers that her mother planted that have been incorporated in many of her floral paintings.
She began her formal art studies while still in high school by taking art classes from Larry Feeney and Charles Ambrose at Mississippi University for Women. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She spent a year studying at Reading University in Reading, England where she was fortunate to travel extensively and study the master painters. She has won scholarships to The Scottsdale Artists’ School and has studied under John Burton, Heidi Moran, Nancy Chaboun and Joni Falk to name a few.
Virginia has been creating art since the time she was old enough to hold a pencil. She knew from an early age that art would be a big part of her life. She has had a mural and hand-painted furniture business. She has taught 18th century Chancery calligraphy to adults as well as working in calligraphy professionally for individual commissions and a private art gallery in New Orleans. She is an international portrait artist working in colored pencils, oil and acrylics. Her new body of work is acrylic and mixed media. She has been influenced by her surroundings since moving back to Columbus from a lengthy absence. The flowers and landscapes that have been calling her back home are reflected in her new body of work.