The Roanoker - November/December 2015 - 12
Song of the Season
Barkett and artist
were inspired by
the landscapes and
farms in Fincastle to
create their first selfpublished children's
book featuring beautiful
illustrations of every
Farm to Table
The Fincastle countryside inspires local author
and illustrator's first children's book.
AFTER A CHANCE MEETING
at their daughters' soccer practice,
Virginia Barkett and Christine
Workowski became both close
friends and professional collaborators as author and illustrator, respectively.
Early this year, they self-published their first children's book,
"Song of the Season," inspired
by the changing landscape of the
countryside and a dairy farm in
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"We are both outdoors people,"
says Barkett. "We know each other
very well. I knew that she would
give her heart to the book."
The process of creating dozens
of illustrations to accompany Barkett's manuscript was long and tedious, but exceptionally rewarding.
After taking photos of a farm and