As an avid outdoors-woman, Valerie’s quiet abstract paintings are often influenced by the scenic beauty of the high mountain ranges and desert landscapes that surround her. She writes “When I paint, I am taking a journey, but I hope to leave behind a map of what has been discovered and perhaps inspire others. I strive to create imagery that will invite people to take a deep breath, drop their shoulders and let down their guard. I think with words, but I feel with colors. My work is the record of my experiences, and the mark of my place in the world.”
Her chosen materials are birch panels topped with a skim coat of absorbent clay, making for an exceptionally smooth surface. After multiple layers of acrylic paint are laid down and allowed to partially dry, they are washed back and then burnished to the point where they begin to reflect light.
Valerie is a native of Bend, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She cannot sew, but makes a mean zucchini bread and prefers whiskey to most beverages.
Valerie Winterholler holds a degree in Art from Southern Oregon University.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way...things I had no words for. ~Georgia O'Keeffe