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V…. is for “Virginia” Vaughan, a lifelong Texan, got started in commercial art, spending many years as a graphic designer, art director, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her clients included Samsung, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Harcourt Publishing. Vaughan’s work in advertising won “Addy” Awards and contributed to the success of several Austin businesses.
She teaches professional workshops all over America, dragging painters outside before sunrise and keeping them till after dark to paint by moonlight! As a plein air painter and Signature Member of the American Plains Artists, V…. most enjoys location painting. She has studied with some of the best, including Ray Vinella, Kevin Macpherson, Ann Templeton, Kathryn Stats, and Carolyn Anderson, and was awarded the 2016 Artists’ Choice at Cowgirl Up! In Arizona..
V….Vaughan’s “Painting-a-Day” project, Last Year on the Farm, is a collection of 365 works depicting the changing of seasons and a way of life, as her family gave up their four-generation farm near Austin. The project gained national attention and awards when it was exhibited in a number of museums and venues in 2008. Her 2011 follow-up solo exhibit, Passing America: The Great Plains involved creating canvases from the passenger seat as she “passed by” America on the roads and rails. “I can’t seem to let go of the story of America’s passing farms and that way of life.”In 2015, Vaughan’s work was featured in a fascinating new exhibit called Ballad of the Farm: Then, Now, Tomorrow.Vaughan’s latest project is called More Than Many Sparrows: The Birdseed Project. This effort provides birdseed and feeders to a nursing home in Texas. See the Birdseed works at vvaughan.blogspot.com