New offering: Pet Portrait Commissions

Our beloved furry friends from the animal kingdom who share our homes and hearts are so much part of the family. Below is a portrait I made of my male cat Radar. He was quite the character–my former husband and I adopted Radar when he was “fired” from the film industry as an aspiring movie cat because he couldn’t take direction!

Our home already “belonged” to Frieda (our calico cat) when Radar arrived. Mayhem ensued for about seven days because Frieda was really pissed off about having to endure the presence of this very large rambunctious newcomer. Then about one week later, there was a moment we saw them on the windowsill, sitting quite close together and looking pretty relaxed. Whew! They brightened our lives for the next 15 years.

If you have a beloved pet you would like to have commemorated with a handmade artwork, shoot me an email and I will send you a quote on a few options. This could range from an oil painting on canvas to a simple pencil drawing.

Please note: I just discovered there is another Valerie Nelson who makes pet portraits. Duh-0h. Total fluke! I am NOT “Val’sPetPortraits” who seems to be located in Ontario. 🙂

I’m Val Nelson in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: val@valnelson.ca

Drawn Festival in Photos

Meeting the public while drawing live at the Drawn Festival Launch party
Meeting the public while drawing live at the Drawn Festival Launch party

Val and Paul Conroy of Marion Scott Gallery at Drawn Festival Launch
Shameless headshot with Paul Conroy of Marion Scott Gallery at Drawn Festival Launch

Val and Kavavaow Monnamee at Marion Scott Gallery
With the talented Kavavaow Monnamee and his wonderful drawing at Marion Scott Gallery

Drawn Festival Exhibition 2009, Bau-xi Gallery, Vancouver
Drawn Festival Exhibition 2009, Bau-xi Gallery, Vancouver

Artist talk on drawing at Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
Artist talk on drawing at Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver

Drawn Festival

Drawn Festival
This July in Vancouver there will be a pilot project launched by curators Lynn Ruscheinsky and Bob Kardosh. A wonderful new initiative, the Drawn Festival will celebrate the drawn form, hosted by galleries across the city. Along with the exhibitions, symposia, and artist talks, a new drawing prize will soon be part of the yearly festival. Modelled after Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival, this will the first festival of its kind in Canada. You can find out more about this event by clicking here.


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