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Valentine: The art of infatuation

Shea Stanfield~ 1/28/2015

CAVE CREEK- Local painter and sculptor Valentine is a master of expressing the feminine spirit in his work. The creation of his renowned “Ladies Series” began in 1991 while painting contemporary southwest landscapes at his Prescott studio.  Near the window was a collection of potted calla lilies, their quiet beauty and elegant form inspired him to explore their enduring essence in his art. Thirty years later, the “Ladies” spirit has become Valentine’s unique trademark. 

Valentine’s journey in creativity began during his childhood years growing up just outside of Detroit. He made his way to Arizona via New Mexico as an art teacher and a sports coach, at the New Mexico School for the Deaf, in Santa Fe. It was in Santa Fe his own southwest artwork was “discovered” by a local frame shop owner.  Valentine’s professional career as an artist was launched with his first one-artist show at the prestigious El Taller Gallery on Valentine’s Day 1984. A few years later, he chose Prescott as his first Arizona home. In the mid 1990s, he established himself as a resident of Cave Creek, presently working out of his home studio in the shadow of the Tonto National Forest.

Valentine is known for his limitless use of materials and tireless exploration of technique in both his painting and sculptures. Currently, he is working on a new technique that requires the inlaying of special glass into a metal background. This provides a working format for his new “collage images.” Valentine’s upcoming studio show will include his newest series of collage images, as well as his mixed media collection of metal, glass, acrylics, bronze, composite materials, diamonds, and gemstones of his “Ladies” series. Both promise to captivate and intrigue the art lover’s sense of adventure in form.

Valentine is celebrating his 31st anniversary, as a full time artist, with a “collectors’ only” reception, on Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15.  For the first time, Valentine is inviting the public to join him from 4-6 p.m., both days. 
 
See an expanded collection of Valentine’s work and obtain the location of his studio by visiting his Web site at www.ValentineCollections.com or contact him at info@valentinecollections.com. See Valentine at Arizona Fine Art Expo (26540 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale), Jan. 16-March 29, 2015, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contact arts columnist Shea Stanfield at flowinquill@yahoo.com.