Artist Statement


Virginina Pendergrass

Virginia Pendergrass

My representational oil paintings have lively brushwork and color for a contemporary impressionist interpretation.  The pleasure of painting for me is discovery of light and shadow, color variations, merging of edges, and unique shapes through life study.

The shape of a particular tree limb, the color of a particular pear in light and shadow. or lost edges in a dark corner portray the mood or individuality of the subject.

Art Training

Art schools:

  • Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, Florida
  • Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida
  • Old Lyme Academy of Art, Old Lyme, Connecticut


  • Scott Christensen
  • CW Mundy
  • KennBackhaus
  • Bill Davidson
  • Elizabeth Tolley


  • American Impressionist Society – Signature Member
  • Oil Painters of America
  • Allied Artists

Selected Juried Exhibitions and Awards

2012: Paint the Parks Competition

  • Top 100
  • Honorable Mention Mini

2009-2011: Paint America Competition

  • 2011: Top 100
  • 2009, 2010: Top 200 and Top Mini-100

2009-2010: Toe River Arts Council Paint Out, Burnsville, North Carolina

  • 2009: 3rd Place
  • 2011: Honorable Mention

2006-2009  and 2010-11: American Impressionist Society National Exhibitions

  • 2010: Award of Merit

2006- 2010: Transylvania Art Guild, Brevard, North Carolina

  • 2006, 2008, 2010: Best Oil

2005 and 2010: TCArts, Brevard, North Carolina

  • 2010: 3rd Place
  • 2005: 1st Place

2005-2010: American Art Collector: Southeast and American Art Collector

2006, 2008: Biennial Regional Fine Art Exhibition, Tryon, North Carolina

2007: Alliance for Arts and Culture National Exhibition, Knoxville, Tennessee

2004: Titusville Art Show, 1st Prize, Oil Painting

2004: NAPA-USA International Exhibition, Delray, Florida

Invited Exhibitions

Virginia en plein aire


  • Polasek Museum, Winter Park, Florida
  • Bok Historic Sanctuary, Lake Wales, Florida
  • Montreat College, Montreat, North Carolina
  • TCArts, Brevard, North Carolina


  • 2007-2011: “Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner” class series, Brevard, North Carolina