Virginia Wattles

1939, Kearney, NE –

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Virginia Wattles has been a professional artist for several years after retiring from a twenty-seven year career as an art educator. In 1991 she was named Nebraska’s Artist/Educator of the year and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America since 1991 and The society of Portrait Artists. Her paintings, done exclusively in pastel are in numerous corporate, academic and museum collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. She has participated in many invitational, one-person and juried shows over the years, winning many prizes including a Grumbacher Silver Medal.  Virginia was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska. She holds a Bachelors Degree and a Master of Arts/Education Degree from the University of Nebrska.


“What I aspire to, in a portrait, is to project the entire person, his lifestyle and experience, even though the viewer may see only a study of the head of the subject. I would hope their personality could be easily read even without a title.”


“My paintings of the natural world are not symbols in the sense that they are created from impressions but are of specific locations. It is refreshing to look at a landscape that draws us in. What I have been choosing to do lately is the finale of the day.”

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Zip - A -De - Do - Dah, Virginia Wattles, pastel, 1992