About the Artist

Seeking respite from high tech, I joyfully rediscovered my artistic origins from the talent
that runs in my family. Eleven years ago I went from bytes and bits to a palette of colors
with infinite shapes.

After studying art, I began seeing so much more of life around me. I became imbued with a
burgeoning appreciation for every aspect of nature; nature that I hardly took the time to
notice before. From morning sunrises to the shapes of clouds and the shades of trees, I
become mesmerized by the simple and fascinated by the variation. My passion is
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Selected Juried Shows, Awards & Exhibitions
Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center
TEXARTS Fine Art Show
Find Your Heart in Art, American Heart Assn.
Arthouse 5x7 Show, 2008 -- 2012
12 Buy 12, Artspoken Gallery
Solo Show Vin Bistro
Austin Pastel Society, Merit Award 2009
Waterloo Watercolor Society
Austin Bergstrom International Airport 2010-2015
Art in One Hue Exhibit, Amplify Gallery
EAST, East Austin Studio Tour, 2008 -- 2012
Earth, Sky & Water, ArtSpace Gallery 2009
Wenmoh Ranch 10th Anniversary Art & Exhibit
Barton Creek Country Club Fine Arts Show 2010
Plein Air Austin Member Show, 2009 --2012
Studies in Blue, ArtSpace Gallery 2010
Marble Falls, "Paint The Town" Exhibit 2010-2012
Art City Austin Festival 2010
Bass Concert Hall Summer Exhibit 2010
Degas Pastel Society, 17th Exhibition, 2011
WEST, West Austin Studio Tour 2012 - 2015
interpreting moments of nature.

I work primarily with two mediums.  Oil on linen canvas and
soft pastels on archival sandpaper. I find that the composition
sometimes lends itself to one medium or the other.

Pastel paintings convey moodiness through the varied
application of strokes and values used. My oil paintings are
more tonal in style; simplifying the setting and inviting the
viewer to become more involved in the scene.

In 2006 I entered my first juried art competition, "Where the
Wild Things Are" presented by the Austin Visual Arts
Association at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
My single pastel landscape was chosen for this small, but
prestigious show marking the first public acknowledgement of
my art.

I was a resident artist at Artspoken Gallery in Austin, Texas.
I am a founding member of an artists' cooperative, Austin Art
Space Gallery & Studio which is now run by the Austin Visual
Arts Association. I am a member of the Austin Pastel
Society, the Southwest Pastel Society and Plein Air Austin.
Nationally, I am a member of the Pastel Society of America,
Degas Pastel Society and Oil Painters of America.

A selection of my work is available at Capital Fine Art
gallery in Austin
and Adams Galleries in Lakeway.
Professional & Academic Guidance
Scott Christiansen - Idaho
Judith Carducci - California
Bob Rohm - Texas
Leslie Demille - Arizona
Sally Strand - California
Sue Kemp - Italy
Maria Lyle - Austin
Austin Museum of Art
University of Texas
Scottdale Artists School
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Valerie Walden     Artist's Biography