My name is Virginia, but you may also know me as Ginny. I am an artist based in the New York City area, working with people and brands around the world. What do I mean by artist, you might wonder? As Al Hirschfeld said, “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.”
I was born and raised in Lewisburg, West Virginia before attending four years of boarding school at Virginia Episcopal. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007, with degrees in English and Studio Art, and a concentration in Printmaking. A week later, I moved to New York City in search of what I wanted to do with my life, and a job while I figured that out.
While working as an executive assistant at a hedge fund for seven years, a role that truly shaped me and allowed me to flex my organizational habits, I kept fantasizing about my childhood dream to write and illustrate a children’s book. Indulging my inner child, I enrolled in several evening courses at Parsons, School of Visual Arts, and Center for Book Arts, primarily focusing on book illustration, but exploring other realms like greeting card design and letterpress printing. It was during one of those classes that I met a pointed-pen calligrapher and instantly became enamored with the craft, igniting my lifelong obsession with handwriting. It didn't take long for me to realize just how deeply I would treasure calligraphy as an art form and expression, particularly in a uniform-type driven world.
After three years of honing my skill, I excitedly (and nervously!) plunged into a new career working for myself, pursuing calligraphy, illustration and design full-time. Two years later in 2017, I joined Bella Figura’s team of seven international calligraphers, partnered with Studioways to launch Hart, an OpenType calligraphy font, and wrote and illustrated Fun and Friendly Calligraphy for Kids, a children’s book published by Ulysses Press, now available worldwide. I also wrapped up a decade of life in Manhattan at the end of 2017, relocating nearby to Jersey City, New Jersey, where I currently reside with my husband.
I genuinely enjoy working within the wedding industry, bringing couples' visions to life. I've also had the privilege of working with companies such as Estée Lauder, David Yurman, La Perla, Prabal Gurung, Dear Drew by Drew Barrymore, Jill Stuart, Love Taza, Google, Dempsey & Carroll, Fourteen Forty, Shinola, New York Design Center, Sotheby’s, May Designs, The Knot, BRIDES, and Martha Stewart Weddings.
I teach modern calligraphy to both adults and children, and as a member of the Society of Scribes in New York City as well as the International Association of Master Penmen and Teachers of Handwriting, I also continue to invest in my own education, with hopes of always broadening and enriching my skill set. One of my favorite quotes by Rumi states, "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Its meaning never carried the same heart-filling truth until I did.