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Wildlife Art, Oil on Linen, large, detailed, oversized, photorealisticVal Warner
It's 6am, coffee in hand, I fire up my Mac and start to paint, I realize I'm in love with my life.

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/them for what they really are. Light. Color, Radiance. I'm brought to tears every time. That's why I paint. To share that. To show that. To live that. Wow. Here I go again...tearing up.

I choose to live as an oil painter. 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. Good. That's the point.

For the first 25 years of my adult life I was an active, fun, busy mom of two real sport active kids. Once they were grown and gone from our home I started on my journey through many classes and educational forums to develop myself as a professional artist.
* Two sessions of the Portrait Society of America's yearly workshops back east
* Various Jr. College Classes
*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. I only spent 1.5 years there and after one of my anatomy classes the instructor asked me why I was in college. I said, because I've never been. He said if I did not want a degree that I was to go home and paint! So, I did!
*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 and I look forward to attending more.

Shows & Awards:
I've not been one much for contests. But here are a few of my awards.

- 2008 Nature Works, Tulsa OK, voted People's Choice
- 2010 AFC's Medal of Excellence and Environmental Statement Awards

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:
  • 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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