About The Artist

I paint to stop time - freezing the colours and patterns of a specific moment or the essence of a visual memory, however fleeting.

My images are varied - a feathery red maple, patterns in a shadowed doorway, 
the livliness of an indoor urban market  - but they all come from a desire to capture the special sense of wonder I had on first encountering such scenes.

Initially, I found that the best way to recreate such memories was to work in pastel and pencil crayon on white watercolour paper. With these elements I have been able to create detailed tapestry-like landscapes that refer back to the embroidery I was taught as a child.

More recently, in my series Urban Spaces and Sun Break, I have begun to use soft pastel and a variety of papers. Although these works still feature a specific image from a specific time and place, much of my focus has been to explore exact moments of atmosphere and surface.    

 Please view some of my works by selecting one of the Galleries on the left.


I live in North Vancouver which has been the inspiration for much of my work.

Originally from England, I immigrated to Montreal in my early teens. I attended Concordia University and Emily Carr, taking courses towards my BFA. 

My work is in local private collections and I have exhibited at various galleries around the Lower Mainland.

I have been in a number of group shows including Pastel Brilliance at the Seymour Art Gallery and the Pastel Artists of Canada, 2017 Annual Open Juried Exhibition.

My work has won prizes from both the Surrey Art Gallery and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

I am a member of the North Shore Artists' Guild, the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Pastel Artists of Canada, where I recently achieved signature status..


Contact The Artist

Please contact Valerie by clicking on the E-Mail Me button in the Menu on the left