Valerie Connelly’s paintings represent nature’s intimate beauty. She sees herself as the stranger, an outside observer capturing the mountain panoramas, oceans, lakes or streams, clouds, landscapes or animals and birds in their native surroundings at one particular moment. Expressing the color, light and personality of the image as she sees it is more important to her than reproducing an exact reality. Valerie paints to capture that moment of intense observation that caught her interest in the first place. If asked to classify her paintings, she would call them Representational Impressionism.
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