About Valerie Nerva
Valerie, born in London in 1954, painted extensively as a child and her first commission was at age 9, to paint a corridor wall in a kindergarten. She excelled in art at school and looked set for an art career, however life so often has other plans for us! During her twenties and thirties, Valerie kept her love of art alive by attending classes and courses in watercolour and colour therapy.
In 2006 Valerie began a self-styled training in acrylic painting, drawing, mixed media, and more recently oils, seeking out the teachers and mentors who could help her on her artistic journey. She has recently completed a two year training with Trevor Waugh and has completed a Diploma course with the Norfolk School of Painting. Valerie feels that we never stop learning and developing.
Valerie’s work and life background has been very varied and colourful, and she feels that she has drawn on these experiences in her outlook and art works. “For me the challenge is to express, through my art, the awareness of spirit, the sense and mystery of place, and of what lies behind and beyond the physical world.”
Currently living, with husband Mark, in the New Forest, Hampshire and Valerie paints from her home studio and plein air whenever she can. Her interests include walking, yoga, grandchildren, travel, adventures, ancient history and her garden.
Valerie exhibits regularly in Hampshire Open Studios, Salisbury Art Trail, online and in regional art exhibitions and her works are currently in several UK private collections. 2020 has been a creative and challenging year so far – Salisbury Art Trail, Gosport Open Art Exhibition, Hampshire Open Studios were all cancelled. However, the open air Salisbury Art Fairs are happening and Valerie will be at Salisbury Market Place on Sunday 13th September with new works to show.