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About Virginia Lloyd-Davies
Born in Washington, DC of British parents, Virginia Lloyd-Davies grew up in Britain and France. In the seventies, she moved to New York City where she studied sumi-e and mindfulness and first learned the connection between gesture, energy and meditation. She painted in black ink for ten years until she became apprenticed to I-Hsiung Ju, master Chinese brush painter. She accompanied Professor Ju on many trips to China and Taiwan, where she studied with master painters and demonstrated and exhibited her paintings.
For six years she was on the staff at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland as the community’s publicity director, where she also taught workshops in sumi-e, frequently pairing it with sessions in Sacred Dance and Zen meditation.
Her YouTube channel of Asian painting demonstrations (www.YouTube.com/virginiald) has topped four million views. Her website www.joyfulbrush.com features her flower, bird and landscape paintings and many mini-tutorials on her blog. She welcomes questions and suggestions for new blog posts. Her trademark is Joyful Brush®.
Because she has studied both sumi-e and Chinese brush art and travelled extensively in Europe and Asia, her personal style is an amalgam of those experiences. Asian painting is all about painting the energy of the moment, and that includes the artist’s life and emotions. As a dancer and singer, the artist is frequently struck by the relationship of rhythm and melody in the execution of the brush stroke.
The artist lives in the USA, in the State of Virginia with her husband Dennis DiVito.
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