VALERIE DALLING - VISUAL ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER
Journeys Through The Landscape
Following three years of study at the University of Derby 2003-6, emerging Derbyshire artist Valerie Dalling has a passion for exploring the outdoors with her camera, her focus being on the natural environment and the effects of light on colour, shape and texture.
While keeping an open mind on interpretation remains key to her practice, the list of inspirational artists behind Valerie’s painterly abstracts and more representational photography is endless, from JMW Turner, Mark Rothko and Edward Hopper to Barbara Hepworth, Fay Godwin and John Blakemore. However, it’s the landscape itself, which will always remain her biggest influence and where she feels most at home.
Valerie has been involved in numerous commissions, from arts in health and schools, as well as ongoing personal projects including the effects of coastal erosion and her latest Journeys through the Landscape, where she regularly explores the Peak District by car with her camera.
She enjoys working with the community, and in 2008 founded The Image Club, launching her first monthly photo forum. From beginners to those with photographic experience, she has a particular interest in how others visually respond to the world around them, encouraging discussions on image making, through the sharing of ideas and knowledge, in relaxed and informal environments. Valerie also offers coaching through visual and observational walks with the camera.
“Landscape is a construct, defined by our vision and interpreted by our minds” D.W. Meinig