Valerie Smith Hon ROI
Valerie loves moving around this wonderful stuff called oil paint. she usually works "in situ", because, for her, that is where the excitement happens. She also works in gouache, and has, for some years, been studying Chinese Brush Painting (ink of rice paper) - a totally different process, culture and philosophy. However oil paint is what she love best.
No formal art college training but has had several excellent teachers - in particular Leonard Daniels, for many years Principal of Camberwell Art College. Constant love is the subject of Still Life and Portraits, also figure studies of friends, and musicians - both classical and jazz. Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters since 1997, and winner of the Llewellyn Alexander Award in 1998 - has also exhibited with RP, RBA and occasionally with the NEAC at Mall Galleries. Valerie has had work exhibited in the Fairfield Halls, Croydon and in Guildford House, Guildford and also in the Hunting Group Competition in 1987. Colour and light are of paramount importance.