|“In a world where colours
collide, where laughter runs with tears and contradictions abound,
I reside. Driven by the desire to reconcile growth with patience,
love with despair, and pain with experience, I paint. I paint
for the world that we have and the one I yearn for.”
Preston’s paintings possess a fluid and organic quality.
A spiritual quest murmurs beneath much of the subject matter,
which ranges from abstract to semi-representational. Natural
elements are prominent – earth, water, fire and air.
The paintings, with their subtle narratives, draw the viewer
into the essential warmth at the heart of Valorie’s
art. The works quietly question more than confront, and the
reaction is an emotional one.
is an experimental painter working in mixed water media. Her
creative interests are grouped into several series of paintings,
all of which continue to grow. The paintings in Valorie’s
newest series, "Parallel
Universes", are inspired by the later abstracts of
German-born artist Gerhard Richter.
importance of process in Valorie’s art is evident in
her art-related travels. Recent journeys have taken her to
Newfoundland, Southeast Asia, and Costa Rica. As she explains,
“Travel provides me with the luxury of time away from
the familiar and from the complex of responsibilities that
populate daily life. I am fortunate to have the opportunity
to travel and for its impact on my work’s development.
My art is a journey too. It starts with the eyes, but is only
successful if it touches an emotion and triggers a deeper
taking up painting fulltime in 1992, Valorie was an English
teacher and accomplished political executive, serving as Chief
of Staff for then Premier of Saskatchewan, Allan Blakeney.
Her many involvements earned her a listing in the “Canadian
Who’s Who”. Valorie's art training includes extended
periods working and studying with noted Canadian artists,
including Gernot Dick (Atlin, BC), Douglas Walton (Creemore
Art Retreat), and at the Ottawa School of Art. Valorie's work
hangs in commercial and private collections in Canada, the
United States and Europe. Originally from the Prairies, Valorie
has lived in Ottawa since 1983.