Valerie Raynard is a Vancouver-born artist whose paintings and drawings explore the contrast between the natural world and the human constructs we accept as part of our environment. She is interested in the places of intersection between industry, ecology, and beauty.
Valerie comes to the visual arts from an academic background in economics and development studies, which instilled in her process a rigorous investigation of her subject matter, both intellectually and visually. Her work strives to place the viewer in a reality that is intensified by colour, perspective, memory, and emotion.
Valerie's practice involves a lot of time outdoors actively looking, drawing, and photographing as well as many hours making work in the studio.
An additional part of her practice is donating works to local and environmental organizations such as the Forager Foundation, the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program of B.C., Family Services of the North Shore, and Arts Umbrella.
She divides her time between Vancouver and Århus, Denmark.
2018 Our World (Solo) – Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2017 Group Show – Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Group Show – Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Wild Wood (Solo) – Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver BC
2015 Under a New Sky (Solo) – Skylight Gallery, Vancouver BC
Talks & Seminars
2017 Artist Talk – “A Sense of Place” South Granville Art Walk, Vancouver B.C.
B.A. Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada
MSc. Development Studies, London School of Economics, United Kingdom