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Valerie Spence Hounsell  ASCA

 

Valerie is a full-time landscape painter residing in South Eastern Ontario, she is also an avid kayaker many of her paintings reflect her experiences on the water. She unapologetically exploits the unique beauty of all seasons using colour, contrast, and composition. She uses fine brushwork applying acrylics to canvas and interpretive realism to create a colourful and unique perspective of her subject matter.

 

 

Artist's Statement

 

Though I have painted since I was a child, I launched my full-time career as an artist in the fall of 2019 while successfully curating an outdoor art show featuring over 20 exhibitors, including myself.

As a kayak enthusiast, my view from the water as I paddle through the wetlands has been the primary source of inspiration. Granite shores, quiet inlets, and the rushing waters of the glacial melt are my signature subject matter. I imagine the divine aroma of the pine needles on the forest floor, the warmth of the sun on my face, or the soothing sounds of water lapping up onto the shore as I paint. I savour these sensory moments and draw upon them as I portray these memories onto the canvas.

My fascination with water as an agent of geological change is represented in many of my pieces.  With each brushstroke I create the suggestion of the landscape adding more detail as I immerse myself in the subject matter.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

GalleriY Representation

  • Grant Berg Gallery, Grande Prairie AB

  • Lakeside Studio Gallery, Bath ON (closed)

  • Katherine Muir-Miller Gallery, Perth ON (closed)

  • Martello Alley and Martello on Brock, Kingston ON

  • Cooperative member and exhibitor VAGA Art Gallery, Gananoque ON

 

2024

  • Successful at jury Before the Summer Show, May10-12

  • Successful at jury Cline House Gallery, Annual Juried Show, Jan 25 - Mar 2

2023

  • Successful at jury Before the Summer Show, May 19-21

  • Successful at jury Summer and Grace Gallery H2O show, May 4-28, JoyII Holiday Small Show Nov - Dec

  • Feature artist Lakeside Studio Gallery, Waterscapes, Aug. 4-27

  • Successful at Jury, Kingston Square Foot Show, TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston ON

2022

  • Successful at jury 9th Annual Juried Art Show Colborne Art Gallery, September 16 to November 6

  • Successful at jury 54th International Open Juried Exhibition, Papermill Gallery Toronto Aug, 4-27

  • Successful at jury for Active Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.

  • Successful at Jury, Kingston Square Foot Show, TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston ON

  • Participant in the 2nd Annual Small Works Event, Katherine Muir-Miller Gallery

  • Active Status member of the Peace River and Toronto Chapters of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

  • Successful at jury for Associate Member status with the Society of Canadian Artists.

  • Solo exhibition at Grant Berg Gallery April 21-May 14, 2022

 

2021

  • Participant by invitation to the Kingston Square Foot Show, TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston ON.

  • Successful at jury for the Society of Canadian Artists Open International Online Exhibition 2021

  • Featured artist in The Belleville Local, an online newspaper, February 11, 2021

  • Solo Exhibition at the Township Office of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, February

 

2020

  • Martello Alley, Kingston ON - Feature Artist October & November 2020

  • Solo Exhibition at the Township Office of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, February

  • Member Rideau Lakes Artist’s Association - assisted the marketing team with two social media promotions, and redesigned/built a new website using website design software.

  • Successful at jury for Kingston School of Art Juried Exhibition (3rd place award), Kingston ON

  • Successful at jury for the RE:MEMBER Show, hosted by Modern Fuel, Kingston ON

  • Exhibitor Arts & Cultural Tour in Southeastern Ontario

 

2019

  • Successfully curated, and participated, in The Artist’s Studio Show, an outdoor art event that included over 20 exhibitors, Lyndhurst ON

 

EDUCATION

Centennial College, Scarborough ON Diploma: Communications with a focus on design and marketing

 

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Instagram: @val_spence_hounsell

Email: vhounsell2@gmail.com

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