Virginia is both an illustrator and biologist, and her illustrations are inspired by a lifelong study of the natural world. She uses a wide variety of media (ink, watercolor, gouache, and digital) to illustrate a wide variety of subject matter (plants, insects, embryos, cellular processes, magic, monsters, and of course, birds).
Virginia was the Bartels Science Illustrator for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY in 2016-2017. She is currently living and working in Charlottesville, VA, happily near the Blue Ridge mountains.
Virginia's clients include the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Center for Conservation Biology, Triggerbox Studios, the William and Mary Biology Department, the Collegiate Times, the Virginia Tech Biology Department, and the NC Museum of Natural Science.
Her illustration work has also been published in the Journal of Developmental Embryology, Living Bird Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Grand Strand Magazine, and Nature Communications.
M.S. in Biology, College of William and Mary, 2016
M.F.A. in Illustration, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2013
B. S. in Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2011