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Virginia says in her artist statement, "Artistically my work is highly influenced by the Victorian era, Art Nouveau, circus art, old Japanese illustrations and the Lowbrow movement." I knew it the minute I saw this, and her elegantly quirky Etsy shop TheGreenerPastures makes it all the more sure a conclusion. Virginia also studied stage and costume design in Florence, Italy, which also accounts for the picture perfection of this "circus banner." Not a part of the image is wasted, and there's just enough imagery, not too much. I do hope you'll visit her shop and see all the other magical creatures she has up her sleeve - how about The Guardians of the Beating Heart, or the brave and beautiful Dolores?