Valerie Meek loves to capture the human form in drawings and paintings. Creating someone’s portrait is more than just capturing a likeness; it also involves saying, visually, something about the person and who they are at that moment in time. To Ms. Meek, there is nothing more interesting than seeing how someone’s personality comes through in a portrait.
She has always had a fascination with drawing people. In 1998, she decided to explore this fascination by attending part-time courses at the Avenue Road Art School in Toronto, Canada. There she was introduced to classical techniques in drawing and painting techniques which are all but forgotten today. In 2000, she decided to give up a career in public relations and fundraising to pursue art training full time. This pursuit took her to the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy.
Ms. Meek completed the three year diploma program at the Florence Academy of Art and returned to Toronto to pursue a career in portraiture. One of her portraits was selected for honourable mention in the first annual Art Renewal Center’s International competition. Her work was featured in the inaugural edition of Drawing, produced by American Artist magazine. Her drawings were also exhibited at the 2004 Toronto Outdoor Art Show, in July 2004.
Shows, Publications and Awards
Praxis exhibition at the Carrier art gallery, Toronto, April, 2009
The Inspired Line exhibition at the Hamilton Conservatory of Art, September, 2008
Toronto Art Expo, 2005
Fiera Festival, Group Show, Toronto, September 2004
Toronto Outdoor Art Show, July 2004
Honourable Mention in Portraiture, First Annual Art Renewal Center International Competition, 2004
Inaugural issue of Drawing Magazine (American Artist), 2003
End of Year Student Exhibition, Florence Academy of Art, 2003