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Val WarnerVal Warner   AFC Val Warner
Wildlife Art, radiant, detailed, photorealistic and awesome
Vision and Purpose
To illuminate the spirit through my art and attitude. I live in the Sierras between Sacramento and Tahoe with my husband, Chuck and our golden retrievers on 5 beautiful mountain top acres. I have been inspired to draw, study and paint all of my life with the never ending focus on the play of light on living creatures, whether they be trees, rocks, or breathing beings.
I was asked once why I paint by a well known plein air painter. I told him quickly, "It's me, it's what I do" Well, later that same day as I headed out to paint, I realized that when I paint I get to become very intimate with my subject. I see it for what it really is. Light, color, radiance, energy and a reflection of it’s surroundings. I'm brought to tears every time. That's why I paint. To share that. To show that. To live that.

Style & Method
I have always used oils and find they lend themselves to the luminosity and depth I need to show in my work. Living creatures are so full of bounced light, it is a never ending challenge to put that in my paintings. My style is basically realistic though I love a juicy plein air now and then. My quest is to show my subjects in a way that causes to viewer to stop and take notice. To appreciate the power, gentleness, whatever that is unique to that animal or person or location. I've been told that my work has a certain radiance that transcends the canvas and connects with the spirit of the animal or subject. Good. That is my purpose.

For the first 25 years of my adult life I was an active, fun, busy mom of two real sports active kids. Once grown and gone from our home I started on my journey through many classes and educational forums to uncover the professional artist in myself.
• School of Light & Color in Fair Oaks CA - where I learned to see the radiance and color in all things
• Academy of Art, San Francisco CA - where I focused on illustration and anatomy. I love anatomy. I learned an
appreciation and dedication to detail and perfection in my work. By that I mean to be clean, immaculate etc
with line and brush work.
• Intense studies with Marvin Mattelson who is a master in portraiture from NYC
• Workshops - from wildlife art workshops in Montana to plein air in the mountains of Colorado with the top
Artists in their fields. I paid close attention and gleaned all I could. Wonderful experiences each and every one.

Memberships & Associations
• Tahoe Art League
• Artist's for Conservation previously know as Worldwide Nature Artists Group

Shows,Awards, Publications:
• 2008 NatureWorks, Tulsa People's choice.
• 2008 Wildscapes Magazine June 08, article and cover.
• 2010 The Wildscape Magazine's International Award , Special Commendation for Devotion.
• 2010 Artist's for Conservation Medal of Excellence
• 2010 Artist's for Conservation's Conservation Award for Devotion.
• 2010 Special Commendation in the Wildscape Editor's Selection for Artists for Conservation Exhibition 2010. • 2011 March issue Wildscape Magazine of London, Article on "Painting the Soul and Spirit".
• 2011 Artists for Conservation (Nature Artists dot com) annual live show with my elephant piece and Lynx
paintings called "Smoochin Elly's" and "Lynx and Nuthatch".
• 2011 Southwest Art Magazine's Artistic Excellence Competition has awarded "Devotion" (the elephant and
keeper painting) "Runner Up".
• 2011 Wildscape Magazine's Artist of the Year competition awarded "Lynx and Nuthatch" Highly Commended. • 2012 Bennington Center for the Arts' Annual Art of the Animal Kingdom - "Lynx and the Nuthatch".

Memberships & Associations:
Tahoe Art League
Artist's for Conservation

Support for Conservation:
Special Achievements:
  • 2010 - AFC's 2010 Medal of Excellence
    With my painting of Abdul and his elephant orphan, Wendy, I achieved the Medal of Excellence award and am very grateful for that
  • 2010 - AFC's 2010 Environmental Statement Award
    In 2010 with my painting of Abdul and Wendy from David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust in Kenya I received the Environmental Statement Award!
Organization Membership:
  • 2017 - Society of Animal Artists

  • 2004 - Tahoe Art League
    A group of Tahoe artists that love to paint and create and further the education and awareness of Lake Tahoe residents about art.



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Placerville, CA
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