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About the Artist

Virginia (Ginny) Paternite, Artist

Specializing in Original Oil Painting                  

I was raised in upstate New York watching my dad paint. I often served as his model when he needed to see a particular gesture or expression. The aroma of oil paint, linseed and turps is forever etched in my childhood memories.

I attended art school at my dad’s urging, but eventually found myself with a masters degree in social studies education and spent the bulk of my career teaching American history. Full-time teaching and raising three children left little time for painting.


My husband and I retired to the beauty and warmth SC in 2011 and with my new-found free time I immersed myself in painting. I've taken numerous workshops and found a mentor and oil painting instructor in Joyce Hall, a nationally recognized artist and teacher. I also juried into the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery and displayed there very successfully for five years. I currently display in the SOBA Gallery, located in Old Town Bluffton at 6 Church St. Bluffton, SC and the Hilton Head Art League Gallery at Shelter Cove in Hilton Head, SC.

I enjoy painting all subject matter. Much of my portrait work, including people and pets, is done on commission.



  • B.A. in Art Education from University of Iowa
  • M.A. in Social Studies Education from Miami Univ, OH

Workshops Attended:

  • Dee Beard Dean, Color & Light  Charleston, SC, 
  • Alana Knuff, Portraiture  Charleston, SC
  • Helen Beacham, Architectural Perspective  Charleston, SC
  • Joyce Hall, The Studio, West Ashley, SC  Pet Portraiture, Mixing Mother Color Palette, Painting Birds,Rendering Copper and Silver, Flat Brush Impressionism, Painting Night Scenes,
  • Christopher Xang, Portraiture, The Studio, West AShley, SC
  • Chris Groves, Tonalism, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC
  • Jim Lewis, Painting Waves & Dunes w/ palette knives
  • Chris Groves, Still Life, Palmetto bluff, Bluffton, SC
  • West Fraser, Plein Air Landscape painting
  • Mickey Boisvert, Plein Air, Creating Vivid Color and Light


  • Mount Pleasant Town Center Show March 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Daniel Island Art Show  March 2014, April 2015 
  • Blessing of the Fleet Exhibit May 2014, 2015 (Honorable Mention Award)
  • North Charleston City Gallery Show Dec. 2014
  • Mt. Pleasant City Building Gallery, 2013-2016
  • Charleston Artist Guild Juried Exhibition Feb. 2016 (Honorable Mention Award)
  • Charleston Artist Guild Juried Exhibition Feb. 2017 (Of Interest Award)
  • Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Permanent Exhibit 2013-2017
  • SOBA Gallery, 6 Church St. Bluffton, SC 29910, May 2018-current
  • Artists of Palmetto Bluff, Exhibitions,  Oct 2018 - current
  • Univ. of SC Beaufort (USCB) April 2019
  • Hilton Head Art League, Hilton Head, SC. January 2020- current

Professional Affiliations:

  • Daniel Island Art Guild, Exhibiting Member 2014-2017
  • Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild, Exhibiting Member and Webmaster 2013-21018
  • Charleston Artists' Guild  (Juried/Exhibiting Member) 2013-2017
  • Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) Exhibiting Member 2018-current
  • National Association of Women Artists, Juried, Exhibiting Member (SC Chapter,  Treasurer) Oct 2018-current
  • Artists of Palmetto Bluff, Exhibiting Member 2018-Current
  • Hilton Head Art League, Hilton Head, SC, Exhibiting Member  Jan.2020-current


Please peruse my galleries, which include portraits, animals, still lives, landscapes and architecture. Be sure to click on " i " for size and price information.

Please contact me if I may create an original work of art for you!