• 2003 Intaglio printmaking mentorship,  instructed by Jude Griebel through a grant from the Vancouver Foundation; Malaspina Printmakers
    • 1998-99 Vancouver Academy of Art, Classical painting and drawing techniques
    • 1988 Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Honors Major in Media Arts

Solo Exhibitions

    • 2022 Visual Space Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2014 Being There, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2013 Bilder/Pictures, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
    • 2012 The Happy Place, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
    • 2010 My Divided Attention, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2009 Voyage en Zigzag, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
    • 2008 A guided tour of happiness, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2007 Minding the gap, The Works Festival of Art and Design, Edmonton, and Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto (curator Gordon Snyder)
    • 2006 Merci pour le flash, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2005 You are here, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
    • 2004 Shimmer, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2003 Tourist, Studio Blue Gallery, Vancouver

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2015-2019 Eastside Culture Crawl Arts Festival, Vancouver
    • 2018 Flow: Works from the Permanent Collection, Surrey Art Gallery, Curator: Jordan Strom
    • 2016 I am a camera,large-scale drawings drawn on-site at dance rehearsals, Vancouver International Dance Festival, exhibited with dance photography by Chris Randle and woven wood sculpture by Ken Clarke, Roundhouse Community Centre
    • 2015 Colorlab, Bau-xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2011-2014 White Columns Online Artist Registry, New York
    • 2009 55º C, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
    • 2009 Drawn Festival, with David Alexander and Brent Boechler, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2004 Artropolis Road Show, 13 public galleries throughout BC (curator Ed Varney)
    • 2004 RBC Investments New Canadian Painting 5 Year Retrospective, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2003 RBC Painting Competition, Pavillion Gallery, Winnipeg; Museum London, London; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Realtime Gallery, Toronto (jurors Robin Metcalfe, Sarah Milroy, Kim Moodie, Joanne Tod)
    • 2003 Contemporary Drawing 2003, TW Wood Gallery and Art Centre, Montpelier, Vermont (juried)
    • 2003 Discovery 2003(juried), Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2003 Artists in Exile, Artropolis CBC Studios, Vancouver (curator Vjeko Sager)
    • 2003 The Human Image in the Landscape, Artropolis, CBC Studios, Vancouver, (curator Ed Varney)
    • 2003 Transience, with Gordon Wiens, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
    • 2002 Malaspina Printmakers Winter Exhibition, Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2001 Self-Portrait Exhibition, Artropolis, CBC Studios, Vancouver (curator Ed Varney)
    • 2001 BC Festival of the Arts, Fort St John (juried)
    • 2002 artSpacific, Delta Art Gallery (juried)
    • 2002 1 Foot x 1 Foot x 1 Inch, Comox Valley Art Gallery
    • 1997 Emily Carr Alumni Show, Emily Carr College of Art & Design (juried)
    • 1989 Helen Pitt Awards Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery (juried)

Collaborative Projects

    • 2007 Horizons + Intersections, collaborative project with Derek von Essen, Contact Toronto Photography Festival, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto


    • 2007 Loss, DVD, 26-second video loop
    • 1997 Punctuated Equilibrium, collaboration with choreographer Anthony Morgan, Betacam video,
      3.5 mins
    • 2001 Fire: Where There’s Smoke, 3-channel video installation for theatre performance, DanceArts Vancouver
    • 1996 Poetry & Apocalypse (co-director/co-producer), video dance co-production with Holy Body Tattoo dance company, Betacam video, 22 mins
    • 1995 Tea Party, collaboration with choreographer Katherine Labelle, produced by New Works for Knowledge Network, Betacam video,
      5 mins
    • 1991 In Search of Melissanthe, 16mm film projection for Kinesis Dance Company
    • 1988 King, Queen, Knave, 16mm film, 8 mins

Film/Video Screenings

    • 2000 Florida Dance Festival
    • 1999 Seventh Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology, Connecticut College;
      Dance and the Camera, International Dance and Technology, Arizona
    • 1998 Transmediale Festival, Berlin; Mediawave International Festival of Visual Arts, Gyor, Hungary; Dance on Camera Festival, New York; American Dance Festival, Dancing for the Camera, Durham, N.C.; Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax; Third International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia; Rhode Island International Film Festival, Newport; American Dance Festival, Dancing for the Camera, General Roca, Argentina; Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival; Canadian International Annual Film and Video Festival, Campbell River; WFSU Television, Florida
    • 1997 BBC Short Film Festival; Mill Valley Film Festival; Davis Film Festival; Moving Pictures Best of the Festival cross-Canada tour; Barrie Film Festival
    • 1996 Moving Pictures Dance Video Festival, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto;
      Bravo! Arts Channel, Canada
    • 1988 Vancouver Film Festival; Montreal Student Film Festival

Grants and Honors

    • 2011 Canada Council Art Bank Purchase Award
    • 2011 Canada Council Travel Grant
    • 2011 Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center
    • 2009 Nominated for The Brink Award, The Henry Gallery, University of Washington
    • 2003 Finalist, New Canadian Painting Competition, Canadian Art Foundation/RBC Investments
    • 2003 Visual Arts Development Award, Contemporary Art Gallery/Vancouver Foundation
    • 2003 Honorable Mention (painting), Discovery 2003, Seymour Art Gallery
    • 2002 Award of Excellence (painting), artSpacific, Delta Art Gallery, Delta
    • 1997 Barrie Film Festival, 1st and 2nd prize, Best Experimental Video Short
    • 1997 Film/Video Production Grant, BC Arts Council
    • 1996 Film/Video Production Grant, BC Arts Council
    • 1991 Knowledge Network Media Award
    • 1988 Helen Pitt Award, Emily Carr College of Art & Design
    • 1986 Carter-Begg Scholarship, Emily Carr College of Art & Design


    • 2016 We are a Camera, The Big Draw, Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver
    • 2011 St. George’s Senior School, Vancouver
    • 2011 Vermont Studio Center
    • 2007 Georgian College

Selected Art Fairs/Auctions

    • 2018 Splash Art Auction, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver
    • 2012 Access Gallery Art Auction, Vancouver
    • 2012 Playwrights’ Theatre Centre (commissioned drawing), Vancouver
    • 2006 Casey House, Toronto
    • 2003-2013 Toronto International Art Fair<

Presentations and Panels

    • 2014 Artist talk, Bau-xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2011 Artist talk, Vermont Studio Centre
    • 2011 Vancouver Island School of Art
    • 2011 Powell River Academy of Music
    • 2010 North Island College, Courtenay
    • 2010 Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2009 Powell River Academy of Music
    • 2009 B&R Racquet Club, Toronto
    • 2009 Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
    • 2008 Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Vancouver
    • 2007 The Works Festival of Art and Design, Edmonton
    • 2007 Georgian College, Barrie
    • 2006 Canadian Art Hop, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2003 Studio Blue Gallery, Vancouver
    • 2000 Panel presentation on Dance Video, with Thecla Schiphorst and David Hauka; Main Dance, Vancouver
    • 1999 Moderator, Intermedia Panel on Video Dance production, Vancouver East Culture Centre
    • 1998 Moderator, Video Dance panel, Pacific Cinematheque/the Dance Centre, Vancouver

Art Fairs

    • 2003-2009 Toronto International Art Fair


  • 2018 Drawing Betroffenheit, Dance International Magazine, Fall Edition, P33-35
  • 2018 Griffin, Kevin. Artists Explore Life, History,; Spring Arts Preview,Vancouver Sun , March 3, 2018
  • 2017 Zilich, Tom. Bus tour from Surrey to view ‘artmaking magic’ at Vancouver studios,Surrey Now-Leader, October 16, 2017
  • 2016  I Live in an Apartment, subTERRAIN Magazine,Painting image page 62
  • 2014 Manifest Gallery and Research Centre. International Painting Annual 3
  • 2011 Tyrell, Chris. Making It! Case studies of Successful Canadian Visual Artists,p. 175-198
  • 2010 Griffen, Kevin. Going for a ride in the age of auto, Vancouver Sun, Nov 25
  • 2009 Dick, Terence. Val Nelson at Bau-Xi, Akimblog, Nov 12
  • 2008 Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing for the Arts
  • 2008 Royal Bank of Canada Painting Competition 10th Anniversary Publication
  • 2008 Vancouver Review, Summer issue (artwork commissioned for centrefold)
  • 2007 Bouchard, Gilbert. Artists explore fresh ideas in landscape work, Edmonton Journal, July 22
  • 2006 Jordan, Betty Ann. Dynamic evocations…an artist going places,
    Canadian House and Home magazine, April, p. 92
  • 2005 Six and Counting, Canadian Art magazine, Fall 2005, p.71
  • 2003 Smulders, Marilyn. Strokes of Genius, Halifax Daily News, Oct 2003
  • 2003 Hirschmann, Thomas. Vital Signs, Now Magazine, Nov 27
  • 2003 Brayshaw, Christopher. Big Show Yields Big Favourites, The Georgia Straight, May 22
  • 2003 Straight Choices, The Georgia Straight, March 6
  • 2003 Hill, Mary Francis. Tourist Alert at Studio Blue, The Westender, Feb 27
  • 1995 Pepper, Kaija. Vancouver Dances, Artichoke, 1995, p.38


    • 2007 Minding the gap, The Works Festival, Edmonton, and Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
    • 2007 Horizons + Intersections, Contact Toronto Photography Festival, essay by AronVinegar
    • 2006 Merci pour le flash, Bau-Xi Gallery, essay by Gordon Snyder
    • 2005 Toronto International Art Fair 2005
    • 2003 New Canadian Painting Competition, Canadian Art Foundation/ RBC Investments
    • 2003 Contemporary Drawing 2003, TW Wood Gallery, Vermont
    • 2003 The Big Picture, Perspectives on Change, Artropolis 2003
    • 2001 ArtWork, BC Festival of the Arts
    • 1989 Helen Pitt Awards, Vancouver Art Gallery/ Emily Carr College of Art and Design



    • Agnes Etherington Art Centre
    • B&R Racquet Club
    • Canada Council Art Bank
    • Franklin Templeton Investments Corporation
    • Human Performance
    • RBC Investments
    • Surrey Art Gallery
    • Vancouver General Hospital
    • Private collections in Canada, USA, the UK, and the United Arab Emirates


    • 2021-Guest Instructor, Art Week workshops, Zoom Online classes for 16 participants, St Georges’ Senior School, Vancouver
    • 2009 to present Painting Instructor, Val Nelson Studio (in-person and online)
    • 2017 Workshop Director and Painting Instructor, Italian Painting Holiday, Tuscany, Italy
    • 2015 Painting Instructor, Summer Program, Red Deer College, Alberta
    • 2015 Painting Instructor, Summer Program, Vancouver Island School of Art
    • 2013 – present: Online painting course with Craftsy, an American online hobby instruction company (click on the link)
    • 2014-2018 Visiting Painting Instructor, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
    • 2012 Painting Instructor, Vancouver Island School of Art
    • 2012 Painting Instructor, South Delta Art Guild
    • 2012 Visiting Drawing and Painting Instructor, Studio Borgo, Italy
    • 2012 Substitute Painting Instructor, Continuing Studies, Emily Carr University
    • 2011 Painting Instructor, Vancouver Art Guild
    • 2011 Guest Critique and Lecture, Senior Diploma Students, Vancouver Island School of Art
    • 2009 & 2011 Painting Instructor/Artist in Residence, Powell River Academy of Music
    • 1992-2000 Instructor, Video Equipment Orientations, The Dance Centre
    • 1992 Instructor, Dance for the Camera, Simon Fraser University/The Dance Centre

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