Valerie Craig Biography


Valerie Craig has been an artist her entire life. Her oil and watercolor paintings are suffused with soft light and beautifully articulate a depth of perception appropriate to the nature of each subject. Craig's subjects vary, but include still-life, landscape, and urban scenes.

Valerie has studied with accomplished artists, including Scott Christensen, Michael Doyle and Kenn Backhaus. Like most artists, Craig continues to be a student of art, always reaching for a higher level of excellence. 

In 1998, Craig left her career in nursing administration to pursue her passion for painting and her love of the outdoors. She feels that her best expressions happen when she is on location and can directly sense the mood and atmosphere of a particular scene. Whether painting vast open areas or intimate spaces, she finds that capturing light and color is best accomplished through close observation and careful study.

Painting in plein air is Valerie’s preference but she will often complete larger canvasses in the studio. She travels frequently to Ireland and within the United States, teaching workshops and seeking inspiration and opportunities to paint in the field. Her perception and depth make her a sought after instructor, juror, and judge.

Craig has been invited to be the juror for professional art exhibitions and her work is represented in corporate, private and museum collections across the country.

Recent Press

  • Plein Air Magazine, "Making the Most of Surface Quality," Feb/Mar 2013

Recent Awards

  • 2013 Award of Merit, American Women Artists 16th Annual Member Show & National Juried Competition Exhibition
  • 2013 Mayor's Gold Choice Award, Art in the Open, Wexford, Ireland
  • 2010 Artists' Choice Award, Easton Plein Air Festival
  • 2009 First Place Wayne Plein Air Festival
  • 2009 Best in Show runner up, American Women Artist Show
  • 2008 Best in Show, Wayne Plein Air Festival


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