Jenny Bishop Heaton (aka Virginia Heaton) is an active and proficient artist in Metro Atlanta, and earned a BFA from Auburn University studying graphic and fine arts with a concentration in figure drawing. She produced a thesis in fashion illustration; and furthered her education with graduate studies in psychology at Georgia State University. She continues studying art, most recently attending workshops taught by California artist Robert Burridge, and Georgia artists Gena Brodie Robbins, Helen DeRamus and Leslie Newman.
Her earliest art explorations were encouraged by elementary and high school teachers, who submitted her art in competitions where she received blue ribbons and monetary awards – plus motivation and confidence in her creative abilities.
Jenny works with ease in a variety of media – painting, drawing, serigraphy (fine-art silkscreen printing) and figurative reliefs, often combining them. She enjoys taking part in jury-selected-art shows, and has received numerous awards. Hudgens Center for the Arts chose one of her recent multi-media pieces for their permanent collection. Other artworks by Jenny have received recognition by jurors for Anderson Arts Center, Dalton Creative Arts Guild, Cobb Arts Alliance, Tannery Row Artist Colony and Quinlan Visual Arts Center. Jenny has been in numerous one-person and group shows, including a solo show in the Dalton Creative Arts Guild main gallery; and most recently she had the honor of holding the final solo show in Gallery 4945, of the former Highpoint Episcopal Church, Sandy Springs. Her art is in collections in the US, Denmark, India and Japan.
Jenny has lived in forested areas much of her life, and draws inspiration from nature’s curvilinear lines, biomorphic shapes and vital colors, as we see reflected in her abstract paintings, figurative works, pattern designs and home décor. Her varied interests include a fascination for studying and drawing floor plans. She created house plans to-scale for her current home, with final floor plans and architectural elevations professionally executed by Walker Candler, Atlanta architect.
Jenny, her artwork and art processes are featured in the online magazine
The Grapevine Art and Soul Salon.