Instead of pages, she uses canvas. A paint brush serves as her word processor, and she uses line and colour in place of words.
The stories Val chooses to paint stem from her childhood. Growing up on a farm gave her a love of timelessness and constancy of nature. Weekly trips to the city created an appreciation of the endless diversity of humanity. Val brings out these themes in her work – the western art captures people holding out during changing times. Her figurative work captures the subject at a particular moment between past and present, while her depictions of nature tell the story of humans nurturing natural beauty.
Val’s work is in oil and acrylic, featuring intense, layered and contrasting colours.
“Phantom Ghost Wind”
30 ” X 40 ”
oil on canvas
The legend of the Ghost Wind Stallion has passed down from the Nez Perce and Flathead Indians, through the generations in oral history, and is etched in the pedigree of the Appaloosa. Depicted as powerful medicine and highly esteemed in that they were valued above human life, they were quite rare and did not necessarily appear in every generation. Phantom's lineage traces back to Spotted Eagle, one of the last known Ghost Wind Stallions.
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