“Nature and Tradition show me the way.”                                                                                  2016-07-28 Viriginia McNiece 001

The tradition of artists from the past, their techniques and very personal interpretations of what they see, have always proved exciting and inspirational to me. I am drawn to the long shadows and strong contrast of a tree line with early morning light, the play of experimenting with and exaggerating the colors in a landscape.  Even when I am confronted with a “green” landscape, my love of color compels me to find the turquoise in the hedgerow, violet in the shadows and pinks in the grasses. My greatest challenge and where I find the most joy is making the same scene new every time I approach it.  I work in pastels and oils and depict rural landscapes, rivers and streams.

I graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute with further studies at the Art Students’ League of New York and the Vermont Studio School. I also studied with David Miller and Peter Stake of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs NY.

My work has been selected as book, magazine and program covers and can be seen on the walls of Bellevue Women’s Hospital, Saratoga Hospital, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, and the Office of the NY State Comptroller, as well as private collections in the United States and Europe