Virginie Hartley is a painter, designer, photographer and a linguist.
Née Virginie Borrelly in 1963, she grew up on the picturesque island of Corsica,
later moving to Burgundy to study English and Japanese at Lyon University. Her love
of the English language and the British painting tradition then took her to London
to study illustration. The thriving artistic life of the mid-eighties proved an
abundant source of inspiration through her portraits of musicians, dancers and actors.
Her work featured in the promotional material of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
Kodak and The National Trust.
Ginnie, as she likes to be called, came to live in Monmouth in 1993. Now the proud
mother of two teenage sons, she continues painting and creating digital artwork on
commission, as well as being an active member of the local community. In 2010 she
was asked to provide artistic direction to a group of students from Monmouth Comprehensive
School. This was in the form of a painted mural with the theme ‘Children’s rights’.
Their efforts won them the coveted Welsh prize and the regional prize in a competition
sponsored by the United Nations. In June 2011 she was delighted to contribute to
the painting of another mural at the school.
‘I love observing people and sharing my enjoyment of what surrounds me through the
use of whatever medium seems most appropriate. It is also a great source of pleasure
for me to pass on my knowledge of Art and French to learners of all ages and backgrounds.’