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    December 2018: Valerie McMullen

    ValerieMcMullen AbstractPainter

    For Valerie McMullen, her inspiration to become an artist began with her father, a traditional watercolorist and noted painter of tropical birds and florals. 

    In 1991, Valerie graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. Following college, she became a flight attendant for American Airlines. Traveling to many cities around the world, she was able to view firsthand the art of great masters she had studied while in college. After meeting and marrying her husband, Jody, she was encouraged to pursue her passion for painting.

    Valerie continued to attend workshops for painting in traditional watercolors, but it was a workshop with noted Pennsylvania artist Nessa Grainger that led to a whole new outlook; demonstrations of ways to use mixed media and collage would transform her perspective on her own art, expanding her vision and leading her to explore a world of possibilities.

    Valerie continues to pursue her artistic training, including attending classes at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and workshops with many talented instructors such as Stan Kurth and Timothy Rees. She is a Signature Member of the Arizona Watercolor Association and a Juried Member of the Arizona Art Alliance.

    For more information about Valerie McMullen, and to see more of her paintings, visit https://www.valeriemcmullen.com

     

    Above: Spring Break II by Valerie McMullen

     

    GROUP SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS

    2018 Glendale Arts Council 55th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit, Glendale, AZ (Honorable Mention)

    2017 Artmuse Online Contest (3rd Place)

    2017 Tiny Works Tiny Dances, {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

    2017 Sonoran Arts League, Small Works Art Show, Cave Creek, AZ

    2017 Herberger Gallery @Arizona Center, Best Little Art Detour Show in Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

    2017 Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Membership Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

    2017 Herberger Gallery @Arizona Center, Tiny Art Show, Phoenix, AZ

    2017 Glendale Arts Council 54th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit, Glendale, AZ

    2016 Sonoran Arts League, Small Works Art Show, Cave Creek, AZ

    2016 Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Membership Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

    2016 West Valley Art Museum Celebration of Artists, Peoria, AZ

    2015 Church of the Beatitudes Narthex Art Exhibition – 2 Person Show/Nov. 2015 – Jan. 2016

    2015 Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Membership Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

    2015 Shemer Art Center, “Force Of Nature”, Phoenix, AZ

    2015 West Valley Art Museum Celebration of Artists, Peoria, AZ

    2015 Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Membership Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ (Merchant Award)

    2014 Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Membership Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

    2011 Herberger Theater Center, “The Poetry of Arizona’s Landscape”, Phoenix, AZ

    2011 Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Membership Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

    2010 Arizona Watercolor Association National Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

    2010 BRIO Fine Arts Center, “Mixed Media Momentum”, Scottsdale, AZ (Best in Show)

    2009 BRIO Fine Arts Center, “Wild To Mild: Animals In Art”, Scottsdale, AZ

    2008 Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Membership Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

    2008 Glendale Arts Council 45th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit, Glendale, AZ

    2006 Somerset Art Association Member’s Annual Juried Show, Bedminster, NJ

    2005 Parkland Art League Spring Juried Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, PA

    2005 Bethlehem Palette Club 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Moravian Collage, PA (Honorable Mention)

    2005 Allied Artists of Schuylkill County 44th Annual Juried Exhibit, Pottsville, PA

    2004 Banana Factory’s 2nd Annual Member’s Exhibition, Bethlehem, PA

    2004 Parkland Art League Spring Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

     

    MEMBER AFFILIATIONS

    Arizona Watercolor Association – Signature Member

    Arizona Art Alliance – Juried Member

     

    EDUCATION

    1991 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – BA Studio Art

    Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA

    Scottsdale Artists’ School – The Academy – Drawing, Year One(Instructor – Tim Rees), Scottsdale, AZ

    Painting, Year Two(Instructor – Tim Rees), Scottsdale, AZ

     

     Photo, top: Valerie McMullen and several of her paintings. Courtesy of @krisieramsey

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