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Sadie J. Valeri

Take a look at this beautiful work by artist Sadie Valeri. Her work is peaceful and has a contemplative but fresh quality. She has taken these paintings with wax paper to a whole new level and done an outstanding job of not only highlighting the value of classical realist techniques but she has also brought attention to some outstanding painters through her women painting women blog.

Undersea 15.75x20" oil on panel by Sadie Valari
This "Undersea" oil painting above (posted with permission of Sadie Valari) is one of my favorites because it is not only skillful and full of motion but also captures one of my favorite personal themes of something that was lost and forgotten but now found. Bravo!

Recently, I finally found the time to read back through blog posts that she published years before I encountered her work (I only saw her work for the first time about a year and a half or maybe two years ago). Her blog is a real encouragement to me. Specifically because she is so wonderfully candid about sharing what she learns as she has grown. You can also see the seeds of inspiration for her current work in her early paintings and how that has evolved.  I'd go so far as to call this recommended reading for all emerging realist painters looking to find their own voice because it's such a beautiful illustration of how one's visual voice can unfold beautifully with time.