Valerie Raynard is a Vancouver-born artist whose work is inspired by humanity’s dramatic relationship with nature – a relationship both ecstatic and destructive which lies at the heart of our existence. Her fascination with the natural environment emerges in all her forms of self-expression.
A self-taught artist with a B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and an MSc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, Valerie’s search to understand the world has led her back to her own creativity. Through the creative process she feels she can glean something of what can be understood about life.
Valerie’s paintings and drawings explore the contrast between the natural world and the human constructs we accept as part of our environment. She expresses herself primarily through colour, using it to break through a perceived “reality” and touch another dimension shimmering just beyond. She is also interested in the way naturally occurring patterns appeal to some primal part of the human spirit, reaching back hundreds of thousands of years in our evolution.
Doing artworks for environmental organizations such as the Forager Foundation and the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program of B.C. is part of her practice.
She divides her time between Vancouver and Århus, Denmark.