Artist Virginia Kamhi

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The Artist Says:

Art is my place of calm amidst the chaos of the world around me.   Newspaper headlines, traffic jams, crowds, and noise all fade into the background as I paint.  Just as when I walk in nature, I find serenity in painting the beauty that surrounds me.  It gives me joy to capture the first light of a sunrise, the varied colors of our California hills, shadows, depths of water, reflections, or clouds in the sky.  Through pastels, my medium of choice, I give voice to the inner peace I find in the tranquility of nature.

Collectors Say:

I love this piece (Sycamore Cove Morning).  It looks perfect above my fireplace.  It's just what I was searching for.
You've painted this wave so perfectly.  It's exactly how a wave looks as it begins to curl (Wave, El Matador).

Other Artists Say:

Hilltop Sentinel (18x24 pastel) - There is such a peaceful quality about this pastel painting.  I love how the mountains are rendered with the light glow of the sky of early day behind them, and how the warm yellow grasses feel like they are quiet, but also gently moving.  This feels so quintessential California and what our landscape looks like before it dries in the summer months.
-Elizabeth B. Tucker, show judge
There's something magical and mysterious about your work that makes me want to wander through your paintings.


Virginia Kamhi
        Born and raised in Southern California, Virginia spent many childhood hours roaming the hills surrounding her home and many weekends bodysurfing in the ocean.   These early memories perhaps influence her art, because California landscapes and seascapes are her preferred subjects.  Although Virginia always “messed around” with art, she started her art career late in life, after many years as an elementary school teacher.  By chance, she discovered pastels, and they became a passion.  She threw herself into pursuit of the art background that she had never received at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She has studied pastel painting with Richard McKinley, Lorenzo Chavez, Albert Handell, Alain Picard, and many other eminent pastelists, including her current mentors and teachers in Ojai, CA, Jannene Behl and Bert Collins.  She has also taken it upon herself to fill in the gaps in her art education by taking art history, drawing and composition, and figure drawing at Moorpark College.  Influenced by early California impressionists such as Franz Bischoff and Edgar Payne, she loves to paint plein air, but she would describe her style more as expressive realism than impressionism.  Virginia currently resides in Thousand Oaks, CA, and her work has been included in many local shows, art museums, and galleries.
            California Art Club (associate)
            Pastel Society of Southern California (board member)
            Pastel Society of the West Coast
            Ventura County Pastel Artists (juried)
            Westlake Village Art Guild
            Santa Barbara Art Association (juried)
            Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore (board member)
            SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment)             
            Arts Council of the Conejo Valley                                                          
           Ventura County Arts Council
Recent Exhibitions
     For the Beauty of the Earth 2018 National Juried Exhibition - [...]

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