I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1987, with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art with an outstanding achievement award in Historical and Critical Studies. Later in 1998-2000 I studied photography at Glasgow College of Building and Printing.
I have exhibited widely, from the Barbican Centre, London, to the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and many galleries in Glasgow, including the Centre for Contemporary Arts. This year (2017) in the Paisley Art Institute's Annual Exhibition I won the Bessie Scott Award for my drawing 'Lily was Bored'.
I spent the earlier part of my career working on several large historical mural installations for the People's Palace, Glasgow, and Abbot House Heritage centre, Dunfermline.
My techniques are very traditional; I enjoy researching into the methods and materials of the old masters, and like them, have a high regard for the importance of drawing. For the most part I work to commission, specialising in portraiture.
I live and work in the beautiful village of Coulter in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Virginia Colley. Self Portrait (Throwing the First Stone)
Oil on canvas. 1990