Lois Virginia Babb

Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and influenced early in life by the transcendent beauty of the region, Lois Virginia Babb developed a passion to capture the wonder of God’s creation around her. Choosing the traditional medium of painting in oils, Babb has been pursuing this passion for over forty years.

In 1987, after leaving a career in public relations and advertising, Babb began to paint full time as a professional artist. Babb studied fine art at Radford University, but she attributes her success in classical painting primarily to her years of experience and to extensive study with some of the master painters of our time: John Szekes, Tom Browning, Dan Gerhartz, Robert Johnson, David Leffel, C. W. Mundy, and others. Nationally published, her fine art prints have been widely collected (one open edition selling over fifty thousand copies); but, at present Babb’s principal emphasis is on the creation of her distinctive, classically derived,original works in oil.

The variety of Babb’s work precludes easy categorization; she is widely recognized for her landscapes, paintings of children, and still life and figurative works. Babb prefers to paint from life in the time honored plein-air and alla prima (where the work is completed in one sitting) methods, believing this is the most honest, direct way to express her feelings about a subject. Her work relates to that of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), who Babb cites as an influence, and, as with Sargent, it is difficult to decide whether to classify her work as realist or Impressionist. Perhaps the best description is to say that Babb’s paintings present her own characteristic and unique form of realism, successfully incorporating the techniques of both traditional realism and Impressionism. Most importantly, her works, conveying a sense of light, warmth, softness, and sometimes nostalgia, have a timeless appeal–they are simply beautiful.

Residing on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, Babb regularly travels to paint in Europe and along the southeastern coast of the United States.