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Virginie Baude


A native of France, Virginie has always loved wild animals, especially the predators of the North. She imagined them as she was reading Jack London's books as a child. Instead of taking the art route, Virginie received a Master's Degree in wildlife biology and learned more about animal behaviors and ecology. Her dream was to come to America and study wolves or at least live near their habitat. Life certainly took a different turn and after years of wildlife encounters while in Yellowstone National Park, Denali National Park in Alaska and in the Canadian Rockies, and being immersed in beautiful sceneries, she decided that instead she was going to paint wolves to honor them in her artworks. After building her foundation in studying these animals over time, she realized that being a self-taught artist could only take her so far. Virginie took the next steps and began painting regularly with master oil painters, taking workshops, studying books and images, going to art exhibitions and visiting museums to learn new techniques and produce the effect she sought in her work.


She is most known for her paintings of wolves and how well she can depict emotion on the canvas. Clients often say of her work that they can feel the soul of her subject in those paintings. She paints in oils and loves to paint her animals as realistically as she thinks needed but likes to keep her backgrounds loose and somewhat modern. She enjoys the drawing immensely and regular practice with pencil and charcoal determines the best composition for her future oil paintings.


Virginie’s dreams have really come true in America, and by being passionate and resilient. She loves her new country so much that she decided to become a US citizen in 2017. She is also an avid outdoors women, and when not painting, she enjoys being in nature as much as possible. Her true passion for the wilderness eventually led her to get her private pilot license so she could see her favorite places from another perspective and even access some of the most remote wilderness on her own. She loves the freedom and inspiration she finds in flying.


Virginie now resides in Alaska. Her work is collected internationally and can be found in galleries through the west and in private collections.

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