An honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design and former ballet dancer, Val has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including finalist for the Royal Bank Painting Competition. She has been represented by Bau-Xi Gallery (Vancouver/Toronto) and Galerie de Bellefeuille (Montreal), and attended a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre. Her work has been published in Carte Blanche Volume II (Magenta Foundation), International Painting Annual 3 (Manifest Drawing and Research Centre), and Capilano University Press. Public institutions that have collected her work include Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada Council Art Bank, Surrey Art Gallery, and Vancouver General Hospital. Val has taught painting and drawing at the Shadbolt Arts Centre, Gordon Smith Gallery, Vancouver Island School of Art, and since 2009 in her private art studio. She currently lives and works in Courtenay, BC.


“…intellectually and artistically daring work…”

Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal


 “The highlight of the show… loose, intelligent brushwork…”

Christopher Brayshaw, The Georgia Straight


“…she crafts the kind of post-photographic painting that does its best to make an eye dulled by electronic media vibrate anew. I am happy to say she is largely successful.”

Terence Dick, Akimbo


“…an artist going places…”

Betty Ann Jordan, Canadian House and Home