mustangwebBorn in 1954 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Virginia Boulay’s passion for nature was inspired by her early west coast beginnings. Moving to Alberta, Virginia’s love for nature was further nurtured through her passion for hiking — exploring the prairie landscapes, foothills and Rocky Mountains. Her goal is to continually discover fresh and meaningful responses to the land and give them voice on her canvas.

Complementing an already successful career as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Virginia began to paint professionally in the early 1990’s. Acrylic soon became her medium of choice — developing detailed graphite sketches while outdoors and completing the final paintings in her Calgary home studio.

Deeply felt connections to the natural world, concerns for the environment and all living things are at the core of this Alberta artist’s paintings. These enduring works of art resonate within us providing settings where we find respite and rejuvenation.

Stylistically her vivid use of color combined with strong composition give way to the imagination, leading the viewer to places of tranquility and peace. She states that, “while in nature, I can transcend the boundaries of the concrete world and access the intangible — the spiritual”. Her landscapes challenge established thought of what nature should “look like” . . . asking us to suspend our preconceptions and look within ourselves.

Inspiration has come to Virginia by way of many people and places; however, it is Anne Savage, Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keefe who she considers her “mentors in spirit” courageous women unafraid of looking within themselves to inform their work.

Virginia’s works are held in both private and corporate collections throughout North America as well as Internationally.

Selected Exhibitions

2013

Home/Studio Christmas Art Show
Gust Gallery Fine Art – group exhibition – Waterton, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta   

2011

Royal Canadian Mint – Awarded the commission to design two 2011, 10 Dollar Holiday coins.
The coins “Little Skaters and Winter Town” celebrate Canadian winter time.
Gust Gallery Fine Art- Two Person Exhibition – Waterton, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
Effusion Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Invermere, British Columbia

2010

Grey Area Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Chilliwack, British Columbia
Effusion Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Invermere, British Columbia
Arts on Atlantic Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Calgary, Alberta
Cypress Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Eastend, Saskatchewan
Whyte Museum – Group Exhibition – Banff, Alberta
The Avens Gallery – Group Exhibition – Canmore, Alberta

2009

HandWorks Gallery – Group Exhibition – Oliver, British Columbia
Effusion Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Invermere, British Columbia

2008

Shurniak Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Assiniboia, Saskatchewan
Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre – Solo Exhibition – Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
Opening Reception – Guest Speaker Teaching Grades 3, 4,and 5 touring the exhibition.
For ArtSake Gallery – Solo Exhibition – Eastend, Saskatchewan

2007

Cypress Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – Eastend, Saskatchewan.

2005

Royal Canadian Mint – Awarded the commission to design the fourth coin in the series of the 2006 National Parks Collection.
The coin commemorates the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories.

2004

Leighton Centre Art Gallery – Group Exhibition.
Wallace Stegner House – Artist-In-Residence – Eastend, Saskatchewan.
Calgary Homeless Foundation- Donated watercolor painting – “Hope For Humanity Rose”.
In Receiving line to meet guest speaker Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Dr. Lois E. Hole, C.M., A.O.E.
City of Calgary – Professional Arts Juror for The City of Calgary West End Dry Pond metal sculpture project.
Conceptions Gallery – Group Exhibition – Calgary, Alberta

2003

IBM Canada – Group Exhibition – Calgary, Alberta
Conceptions Gallery – Group Exhibition – Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Stampede – Western Art Sales Salon
Foothills Hospital, – Donated 3 pieces to the permanent art collection of the Footprints Gallery
Foothills Hospital – Guest Speaker – Calgary, Alberta
Avens Gallery – Group Exhibition – Canmore, Alberta
Leighton Centre Art Gallery – Christmas Group Exhibition

2001

Leighton Centre Art Gallery – 3 Person Show – “EarthTones”
The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators – Northern Rockies Annual Conference – Best illustrator award.

1998

Stephen Lowe Art Gallery – Group Exhibition

1995

Jackson Kalef Gallery -Two Person Show “Fire and Water”

1993

Marika Fine Art -Three Person Show “Children”, Banff, Alberta

Bibliography and Media Coverage

2010

Feature – The Valley Echo “Effusion of Art” – Invermere, British Columbia
Feature – The Columbia Valley Pioneer “Reflections Exhibition” – Invermere, British Columbia
Feature – The Shaunavon Standard – “Artists Featured at Cypress Gallery” Eastend, Saskatchewan
Feature – The Advance – “Eastend Arts Community on Verge of New Revelation” Eastend, Saskatchewan

2008

Feature-Galleries West Magazine First Impressions – Road Trip -SouthWest Quest

1995

Interview -CBC Calgary, Alberta Collections

Collections

Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
Skills Society, Edmonton, Alberta
AFAC, Alberta Farm Animal Care, Calgary, Alberta
Private Collections in North America as well as Internationally

Professional Development

1984

Emily Carr College of Art – Color and Perception

Professional Affiliations

Visual Arts Alberta Association
CARFAC