Val is an award winning artist, and has been in numerous select group exhibitions throughout Florida as well as online art shows. Her art is in restaurants throughout Florida and in private collections throughout the United States as well as Europe.
Using nature and her gardens as her inspiration, Val’s paintings are vibrant with translucent lights and sparkling shadows that have a subtle movement to them. She achieves this with thoughtful planning, many, many layers of glazes and a lot of patience! Through her photography, she enjoys capturing an image of something and paints an “up close and personal “view of it. Typically, Val paints in a realistic style with the background elements depicted as abstract representation of its surroundings: just impressions of shape, color, texture and mood. She wants this contrast to add visual drama to her paintings.
Although watercolor is still Val’s favorite medium, she has been venturing out and starting to paint with acrylics as well. With acrylics, her subject matter is light and (as many people have mentioned to Val) happy.
My Artist Statement
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved drawing, coloring, painting, making quilts from my own designs and putting together jigsaw puzzles. The smell of new crayons and oil paints, the feel of different textures and fabrics, and colors, lots of bright, sunny colors, always made me delighted! When I wasn’t creating my “masterpieces” or helping my mom with her jigsaw puzzles, I was out in the garden with her. My mom, Ann Lally, was my biggest influence for my passion of art and nature and of course, putting together jigsaw puzzles! It was because of her creative spirit that I learned to appreciate beautiful flowers and fauna and recreate that feeling into my artwork.
Similarly to putting a jigsaw puzzle together, I plan my paintings (without regard to the subject matter) by continuously looking for the play of lights and shadows that connect with one another to illuminate the focal point.
In my watercolor paintings, my goal is always to express the wonder and awe in the detail that I see that others do not because they rush past the “everyday things”. Life is so busy, hectic. People don’t feel that they have time to stop and look. With my art, I give the viewer time to pause, if only for a moment, to rest and rejuvenate.
Although watercolor is still my favorite medium, I am venturing out and starting to paint with acrylics as well. With acrylics, my subject matter is light and (as many people have mentioned to me) happy. And at the end of the day, that is my wish for everyone, to be happy!