About Virginia FOUCHÉ Bolton
The marshes, woods and beaches were her daily stomping grounds, and she befriended many of the local people who became subjects for so many of her paintings.
Virginia Fouché Bolton
As a personal remembrance of her love, she began signing all her paintings with a small cross in front of her name. “I hope that everything I do, glorifies His name.”
Rhode Island School of Design
The Charleston Scientific and Cultural Educational Fund
Southern Watercolor Society
As one of Charleston’s finest artists, her ability to capture the unique throb of the city and some of its citizens won her acclaim from both artists and laymen. She created paintings with a glow of diffused translucent light that seems at times both awesome and ethereal. Her sensitive and colorful renditions of cityscapes and flower women have long been favorites of people who wished to carry with them some tangible proof of the Charleston with which they fell in love while visiting.
In 1972, she was the recipient of The Charleston Scientific and Cultural Educational Fund Award, which allowed her to spend two months in Greece to paint. She continued to win numerous local and national awards, and was accepted into the Southern Watercolor Society three times. In 1981 she received a Masters in Art Teaching degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 1981, concentrating her studio work on stone lithography and etchings.
Mrs. Bolton and Don moved to Edisto Island in 1981, and it is there that she found so much inspiration for her paintings. The marshes, woods and beaches were her daily stomping grounds, and she befriended many of the local people who became subjects for so many of her paintings. Painted with compelling compassion, these were faces mellowed by a lifetime of bittersweet experience. But her art reached beyond capturing scenes and people we see each day – things so obviously inspiring and typical of this city that one cannot resist painting them or capturing them on film. Her eye captured theses scenes, but filtered through the vision of her compassion and warmth, the works take on a personality larger than the subjects themselves. “Sometimes I am surprised,” she said, “by what emerges, the effects one achieves almost without knowing how they happen.” Her works are filled with magnificent moments where the artist’s intention becomes inspiration.
Although she is mostly remembered for her passionate teaching style, and her ability to render her vision of beauty as an artist, those closest to her knew that her religion – her devotion to God and Christ, was what she cherished most, and the foundation of her life.