Virginia Mims

 Virginia Mims is a Florida contemporary realist oil painter.  She enjoys painting beautiful beach scenes, vibrant sea life, and exotic  tropical flowers.  The source of her inspiration comes from the richly diverse subject matter surrounding us in our beaches, skies, wildlife, flowers and plant life.  Her art is characterized by her vibrant colors, contrasting shapes, and bold compositions.

 Virginia's artistic process began in childhood from the influence of her architect grandfather, Howard Fay who was an accomplished watercolorist and painter.  She began painting at 14 and has always kept it as a hobby through the years.

 In adult life, Virginia earned a degree in interior design, minoring in architecture from Saint Petersburg College, and worked many years in the field as a designer.  Upon retirement she now spends much more time painting and traveling, finding new inspiration to paint.

 Virginia's work has been regularly exhibited at the Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and throughout Clearwater, Florida for the 100th anniversary of that city.  Virginia's work is in many private collections and is displayed in commercial buildings.  She is currently a member of the Beach Art Center.