As a representational portrait and landscape painter, Valerie J. Corwin believes as Edgar Degas once stated “art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Valerie is enthralled by the traditions of the great representational artists of the past who found inspiration in the figure and in nature. She works primarily in oils and pastels, often combining the two mediums utilizing a mixed media approach in her work. The sources of Valerie’s work are direct observation, augmented by the many photographic references she takes of her subjects. Valerie’s artistic emphasis is on composition and careful placement of color which she believes are the essential elements to experience and enjoy her paintings.
Valerie has been selected as a finalist in 2009 and in 2016 by the Hunting Art Prize a juried competition held every year in Houston. Valerie received one of the four prestigious Dallas Contemporary solo Hallworks Series exhibitions award ed in 2007. Her successful solo show took place at the Contemporary in 2009. Her work has been shown at the Irving Arts Center, 500X Gallery in Dallas; at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham, Texas, the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield Missouri, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum, in Nashville, Tennessee; as well as Artspace 111 in Fort Worth and the Gallery at Round Top.