I originally trained in Graphic Design in the 70's, working in London studios before having my family. I continued to paint and draw, developing my interests in botanical illustration and print making. After helping in the art lessons at my local school, I worked as the Art Specialist in and independent junior school for four years, then returned to University, taking my PGCSE at Reading in 1994.
I taught secondary Art, Design and Photography until retiring from teaching in 2012. I learned a great deal from working with my students and now have the time to put the many ideas into practice. I am a full member of Woking Society and regularly exhibit in Woking and at the Lightbox.
I work in watercolour, acrylic or a mixture of media depending on how the piece develops. My objectives lie in showing the pattern, colour and texture of my chosen subject, whether landscape, animal or botanical. I love contrast, texture and strong light effects and have been influenced by many artists including Cezanne, Bonnard, Turner and the illustrations of Look and Learn magazines in the 60's!
I have two of Val’s pictures and they make me smile every day.
When I saw Val’s landscape ‘Beddruthan Steps’ I was drawn in by the reflection of the massive stack rocks in the tide pools, the crisp edge of the damp sand and the dripping weed. It evoked memories of family holidays and I had to have it!
Val’s ‘Camellias’ are dappled by the sunlight. The green leaves are glossy, dark and mysterious as I look into the bush.
Helen H, Private buyer
We are really enjoying the pictures bought from you recently to add to the canvas of Punts on the Loire we already had.
We love the watercolour clematis on the trellis which lifts our otherwise plain bedroom, and the small framed 'Wave' study is beautiful. The atmospheric acrylic of a city park is of a different style and has us daydreaming of travels in the summer as we look out at the frost. We will be looking out for more of your work!"
Mr & Mrs G
Mr & Mrs G, Private Buyers