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SADIE J. VALERI

ANTIQUE BOTTLE
Oil on panel 8 x 10"
SOLD

BOTTLE COLLECTION
Oil on panel 18 x 24"
Price upon request

Bio:
Raised in Salem, Massachusetts, I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1993. I have since studied with some of the most important realist artists working today, including Juliette Aristides, Michael Grimaldi, Ted Seth Jacobs, Dan Thompson, Timothy Stotz/Michelle Tully of Studio Escalier and Jacob Collins' Hudson River Fellowship.
Travel has been fundamental to my development as an artist ever since I lived in Paris for 6 months as a young art student attending Parsons Paris. Since then I have traveled to Greece and Italy in addition to many trips back to France. All of my travels are art trips, focused on visiting the museums of the world.
Since October 2006 I have recorded every aspect of my artistic journey on my blog. Here I invite you into my studio to share my ongoing study of painting and drawing, diaries of my art travels, and documentation of each of my paintings.
I offer workshops and ongoing classes in painting and drawing, both as private lessons and to small groups in my San Francisco studio. For information see my teaching schedule.
I live and work in San Francisco's Cole Valley neighborhood with my husband, filmmaker Nowell Valeri.

Artist statement:
I find the transparent and reflective properties of wax paper particularly compelling. A full range of value and color is compressed into its folds. Light shining through it has a different color than light reflecting off of it. Its structure when crushed creates a system of wedges, twists and interlocking shapes almost as complex and organized as living organic form.
This simple material, stocked in the bottom drawer of every home's kitchen for the last 100 years, has the ability to show an enormous sense of drama.
Our minds seem to be drawn to transparent and reflective objects. Perhaps because those qualities remind of us water, something so essential to life that our brains are hardwired to respond to it. Or maybe transparency and reflection imply the ephemeral nature of seemingly-solid things, hinting at mysteries we can't perceive directly.
Either way, the marvel of discovering a figure reflected in a silver vase, the cascade of soft light falling through a translucent material, the illusion of an object that seems to nearly disappear, are all visual phenomena that delight our eye and compel us to pause and absorb the experience.
I explore this experience in my paintings through careful layering of thin glazes, by shifting hue and value in tiny increments to capture the subtle effects of light. I work directly from life, and I find that only the highest quality paint, panels, and gesso lend themselves to the subtlety and control necessary for my ephemeral subjects.

For more extensive artist's bio, articles and list of exhibitions, visit her website or blog.

SILVER GLOBE PITCHER
Oil on panel 16 x 20"
Price upon request

WAX PAPER I
Oil on panel 11 x 14"
Price upon request

EMILY EN PLEIN AIR
Oil on linen 6 x 8"
Price upon request

HUDSON RIVER FROM OLANA
Oil on panel 9 x 12"
Price upon request

WAX PAPER II
finalist in the International ARC Salon
Oil on panel 11 x 14"
Sold

PEWTER PITCHER ON PLASTIC
graphite on paper 12 x 16"
Price upon request

AFTER GUIDO RENI'S
graphite on paper 11 x 14"
Price upon request

FIGURE STUDY
graphite pencil on paper
cropped detail 18 x 24"
Price upon request


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