Virginia Greenleaf grew up in what is now known as the Bee and Thistle Inn and as a child rode her pony down the country roads of Old Lyme.
Her art training includes Yale University, Arts Student League, American University and studies with Robert Brackman, Ivan Olinsky, Robert Gates and Gene Davis.
She exhibited regularly at the AAN and the Main Street Gallery. A regular solo exhibitor at The Main Street Gallery. Her work in the 1970s featured subtle coloration and mostly single flower heads rendered in an abstract manner. She later evolved a bolder, more realistic style in the 80s.
Her works of art hang in the collections of Ambassadorial Residences in Rome, Paris, and 23 other capitals as well as offices of the Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. State Department.