"Totem," 2012, acrylic on linen, 44 x 36 in.
Virginia Greenleaf's subjects range from farm animal to rural landscape and floral display. Her unique palette of color renders her art softened, as though behind a veil of grayed light.
Her subject matter often is the rural animal, portrait like, or in the painting The Tourists, coupled, lending the subject personality and feeling. Her setting for the creature appears to be in the studio rather than the landscape. As in historical portraits, attributes of flower, fruit or object are included in the composition adding to the artist's storytelling.
The tonal quality of Greenleaf's art relaxes the eye and sheds a late day or early morning quiet point in time impression; this is especially evident in her landscapes.
Virginia Greenleaf grew up in what is now known as the Bee and Thistle Inn and as a child rode her pony down the country roads of Old Lyme. Her art training includes Yale University, Arts Student League, American University and studies with Robert Brackman, Ivan Olinsky, Robert Gates and Gene Davis.
Her works of art hang in the collections of Ambassadorial Residences in Rome, Paris, and 23 other capitals as well as offices of the Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. State Department.