Valerie H. Alexander
Valerie trained at the Fine Art Dept., King's University, Newcastle and at Birmingham College of Art. During her studies her work attracted a series of awards at both local and national level. In her final student year she won an international competition which enabled her to study Art and Design in Italy on a Travelling Scholarship. After some years working as a free-lance artist, she took up a full-time career in Art Education. During this period she continued to do her own painting and to take on freelance design commissions. In 1995 she took early retirement in order to concentrate fully on her own painting. She works mainly in water-colour and has exhibited widely including at the Royal College of Art. Her work has appeared in the ‘International Artist’ magazine and in the book ; “How did you Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Landscapes”. As well as exhibiting regularly with the RBSA, she is also a member of The Society of Floral Painters and of the Birmingham Watercolour Society. Capturing and conveying the effects of light is Valerie’s primary aim: “Light can transform anything – be it a landscape or a bunch of flowers – into a thing of extraordinary beauty. Watercolour can never be fully controlled and indeed it is better when it is not; the excitement of watching the paint spread and granulate is part of its magic”.