VIRGINIA LUCAS HART

original photo taken by Naomi Davis

original photo taken by Naomi Davis

 

My name is Virginia, but you may also know me as Ginny. I am an artist, and I live with my husband on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a city I have been fortunate to call my home for the last ten years. It's colored who I am just as much as my country upbringing in West Virginia. After four years boarding at Virginia Episcopal School, I attended the University of Virginia, graduating in 2007 with degrees in English and Studio Art, with a concentration in Printmaking. I moved to New York City a week after graduation 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, a role that truly shaped me and allowed me to flex my organizational habits, I took evening courses at Parsons, School of Visual Arts, and Center for Book Arts, primarily focusing on children's book illustration, 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 tech and typeface driven world.  

After three years of honing my skill, I plunged into a new career, pursuing calligraphy and design full time. I have since worked on countless weddings for local, national, and international couples, and for brands like Estee Lauder, Love Taza, Sotheby's, May Designs, Google, Shinola, and Jill Stuart. I teach 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.