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

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.