Featured Artwork: Valerie Craig

Winterscape
16 x 20 in.
Oil
Available at Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
“Shared Space: New Works by Martin Campos and Valerie Craig”
February 11–March 10, 2018, Wayne Art Center, Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery

Valerie Craig has drawn and painted nearly all of her life. Known for her expressive brushwork, Craig’s subject matter includes urban and rural landscapes as well as intimate still life paintings, and figures within a landscape.

In 1998, Craig left her career in nursing administration to pursue her passion for painting on a full-time basis. She feels that her best expressions happen when she is on location and can directly sense the mood and atmosphere of a particular scene. Whether painting vast open areas or intimate spaces, she finds that capturing light and color is best accomplished through close observation and careful study. “I feel I am most successful when my paintings evoke an emotional response in the viewer.”

In 2017, Valerie was awarded the Artists’ Choice Award in Ireland’s Art in the Open. She won the Gold Prize in Ireland’s 2013 Art in the Open. In 2016, Valerie’s painting ‘Whitewashed’ was awarded Second Prize in PleinAir magazine’s annual Plein Air Salon.

Valerie has been invited to judge national and international painting competitions, including Ireland’s Art in the Open, Floyd Plein Air, Solomons Island Plein Air and Norfolk Plein Air. Valerie has had numerous solo exhibitions and enjoys teaching landscape painting workshops in the USA and in Ireland.

Recent Honors include:
Artists’ Choice Award, 2017 Ireland’s Art in the Open International Festival
Second Place, 2017 Plein Air Easton Small Painting Competition
Juror’s Award, 2017 and 2016 Wayne Plein Air Festival
Award of Distinction, American Impressionists’ Society 2014 National Show
Silver Prize, 2014 Ireland’s Art in the Open
Gold Prize, 2013 Ireland’s Art in the Open
Grand Prize in the 2013 American Women Online Juried Competition
Best in Show, 2011 and 2008 Wayne Plein Air Competition
Second Place, 2011 Plein Air Easton
Artists’ Choice Award, 2010 Plein Air Easton

View more of Valerie’s work at www.valeriecraig.com

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