Virginia Gott is a mixed-media artist whose work leans toward expressionism and abstraction and is frequently inspired by landscape elements such as oil jack pumps, utility poles and lines, and worn mailboxes along country roads. Political unrest has recently been added to her portfolio.
She was born in Preston, Idaho, and moved to the coastal communities of Southern California when she was three years old, where she studied illustration at California State University, Long Beach. She had previously studied drawing, painting, graphics, and printmaking at various colleges and universities in the area. As a result, her composition and conceptual vocabulary improved.
While attending college, Virginia worked in the graphic and print industries for various newspaper and magazine publications, such as Surfer Magazine, Motocross Magazine, Orange County Register Publications, and Coca-Cola. She later launched a small graphics business, which grew into an online web design and services business. Her background in printing and graphic design is evident in much of her work today.
In Tucson, Arizona, where she currently resides, Virginia's artistic eye explores the patterns, colors, and light of the Sonoran desert.
Her works have been shown in both online and physical gallery exhibitions.
-Best in Show and First Place Awards, Focus Point Shape International Online Art Gallery
-Second Place - Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Toscana Art Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
-Fourth Place – Contemporary Art Gallery Online
-Bronze Award – Cameback Online Gallery
-Honorable Mentions and Exceptional Merit Awards – Wee Fine Art Gallery, Scottsdale, -Arizona, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild
-Artist Reviews, “Virginia Gott: Painting Under a Hot Sonoran Sun” by J.E Raddatz, -“Virginia Gott in Transition” by O. G. Taylor
-Selected for inclusion, "Art Exhibeo Volume 1 - Selected Interviews and Essays on Art and Artists"
A moment in time, exploring light, texture, expressive lines, and colors that speak, are the building blocks behind my work.
My first box of crayons, given to me at a young age, was a box filled with colorful magic that begged to be explored. I explored all over the blank white walls of my bedroom. It was a grand, sweeping, colorful depiction of my small world.
This is a story that I revisit at the start of each new work. All the lines, marks, smudges, strokes, and wonderful unexpected occurrences are products of my growing story that began with a simple cardboard box of colored wax sticks.
Today, I am a mixed-media artist whose work leans toward expressionism and abstraction and is frequently inspired by landscape elements such as oil jack pumps, utility poles and lines, and worn mailboxes along country roads. My work frequently incorporates applied collage, image transfer, and mono- printing creating unexpected results. You never know what's their unit it's there.