Mrs Valerie Briggs's profile

  • WORKSHOP DATES 2017 2017 Workshops at the Bevere Gallery, Worcester Valerie is a well-known artist of flora and fauna. An enthusiastic teacher, she holds these small friendly workshops in the Stable Studio at Bevere Gallery. T
    2016 Highly Commended The Wildlife Art Society International for That's the Spot 2015 Peoples Choice Worcester Society Of Artists Annual Exhibition 2015 The Wildlife Art Society International Highly Commended for Otter Siesta 2015 The Association
    For the last 30 years Valerie has dedicated herself to recording the flora and fauna of the British countryside in the demanding and challenging medium of watercolour. Valerie loves working in graphite in which she finds complete relaxation and the perfect tonal exercises for her watercolours. Pastels are another favourite medium and she uses them regularly when sketching from life. Valerie is a completely self taught artist.
    Living in the city of Worcester she is surrounded by the beautiful Worcestershire countryside and its wild, and not so wild, inhabitants, which are her main inspiration. She is especially drawn to the natural and man-made waterways, which provide green corridors for a wildlife population under the constant threat of urbanisation. Throughout the year they provide much of the background material for her paintings.
    Details of birds and animals are taken from dead specimens usually found on the roadside, she then spends time in the field and rescue centre’s to study her subjects in the flesh. Valerie feels that just watching animals and birds after all the detailed study is the most important and rewarding element to her work.
    Valerie has been influenced from very early age by the watercolour work of Archibald Thorburn and the natural history work of Charles Tunnicliffe, the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley and the paintings of the Pre Raphaelites, especially the drawings of Burne-Jones. Although her work has a very illustrative style she strives to create space and luminosity in her finished pieces.
    Valerie’s work can be found at home and abroad in books, on greetings cards, fabric and china. She exhibits in galleries around England and is regularly invited to Nature in Art in Gloucestershire as an artist in residence. Valerie’s work can be seen at The Gallery at Bevere where she also teaches throughout the year. Besides running her own classes in her home town of Worcester Valerie is in demand around the country as a teacher and demonstrator.
    Coloured Pencil, Drawing, Mixed Media, Pastels, Pencil/Charcoal, Pen And Wash, Watercolour
    Animal or Wildlife, Botanical Illustration, Colour Mixing, Flowers and Gardens, Landscape or Woodland Scene, Pet Portrait, Skies, Still Life, Seascapes and Water, Trees and Foliage, Waterways and Canals, Wild Flowers

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