Fourteen years ago, my wife and I came to the Brandywine Valley on vacation and were stunned by the natural beauty and historic, picturesque homes and villages throughout the area. Now, after 14 years, we live here full-time. Living in the Brandywine area is a painter's dream. After all, it is the home of the Pyle studio, the Wyeth family, and generations of accomplished artists.
Therein lies the challenge. How to paint the now familiar landscapes and townscapes in and around the Brandywine? Much of the award-winning artwork of the area has been of a certain style and tonalist palette. My creative challenge (and the one that drives me) is to capture the unique qualities of the Brandywine using highly personal color to explore common landscape and townscape subjects; subjects which are often taken for granted or overlooked completely. My hope is that through my paintings the viewer's emotions and imagination will be sparked by something perhaps not seen or considered before.
This book invites the reader/viewer to reconsider these ordinary subjects--as ideas, expressed in color . Maps are included so the the reader/viewer can pinpoint the location of the paintings--and perhaps even visit the location with book in hand. And maybe, just maybe, the reader/viewer will see the Brandywine anew.
Virgil was born in Texas and started drawing and painting at an early age. Educated as an architect, Virgil is primarily a self -taught artist, advancing his art through continuous painting, workshops ,and classes with respected painters from the United States. Canada, and Australia. Retiring from his professional career in 2008, Virgil has rededicated himself as a full-time painter in watercolor, gouache , and mixed media. Virgil spends hours each week seeking out, sketching, and painting the small townships and villages in and around The Brandywine valley in Pennsylvania and Delaware. There are numerous sites in the Valley that are possible subjects for artists--many of which have often been overlooked or not seriously considered at all. Virgil paints en plein air and in his studio in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.