Virginia Cooper was raised in Santa Barbara, California and now lives with her husband in the township of Santa Ynez, a small, rural community in the Santa Ynez Valley behind Santa Barbara. She has three adult children and nine grandchildren.
Virginia's style was acquired through multiple studies in the fields of pencil, pen and ink, oil on canvas or panel, pastels, gilding, mural painting, faux finish techniques, and tromp l'oeil. As a nod to the romantic painting of the late 19th century, Virginia adopted the name Vergilia as her artist signature.
Virginia studied at Santa Barbara City College where she received a Faulkner Gallery award for her pen and ink of Eucalyptus trees; UCSB where she received a certificate in Decorative Arts including Trompe L'oeil, stencilling, faux finish, design drawing and color and design; Scottsdale Artist's School studying figure painting with Terence Coyle; and Cal Art Institute in Thousand Oaks, California studying figure painting and landscape painting. In 2006 and 2007 she attended Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy studying pencil, Charles Bargue method, figure drawing, and figure painting in the Caravaggio style with Maestro John Michael Angel. She participated in the annual, world reknown, student art show. Virginia has studied with private instructors as well, including Buck Paulsen and Frank Holda.
Murals were her main work for several years in the communities in and around Ventura, California. Virginia, and friend Carolyn Barone, painted three murals for General Motors in Thousand Oaks featuring GM historical automobiles.
Painting people in various occupations, activities and venues has become her passion and her extensive travels have provided many photos for reference.