Valerie Sadler is a native of Fife; she is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art where she studied under McTaggart, Philipson, and Gillies. After marriage Valerie moved to Dumfries and Galloway, farming at St John’s Town of Dalry, which inspired her long term interest in domestic animals.
Valerie feels an affinity to the animal world, and finds animals to be satisfying, if challenging subjects.
She endeavours to capture them either in motion, or in a relaxed mood when they are unaware of the camera or pencil. These are translated in the studio in chalk or gouache, or whatever medium seems appropriate.
Creating gardens led to numerous flower studies and the Galloway landscape continues to provide endless subject matter waiting to be interpreted.
Flowers play a significant role in Valerie’s work, her preference is for the painting to portray a single variety of flowers of well determined shape, highlighted against a strong background.
She interprets them in a variety of mediums and says “flowers are the perfect antidote to dark days, and provide the greatest expressions of joy.”
Valerie exhibits in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London, working mainly in water-based mediums. She is a member of V.A.S and G.S.W.A.