Artist Val Sandell

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"Like many in my profession, I am passionate about my art.  My desire is to express my feelings about the visible world in the language of paint." Painting directly from nature, Val Sandell’s landscapes, still lifes and portraits are evocative of 19th century naturalistic and impressionistic styles.
Ms. Sandell's love of traveling has resulted in traditional plein-air paintings of such beautiful areas as the Provence region of France, the wine country of northern California and the North Carolina mountains. A native of Kansas City, she attended Avila College and the Kansas City Art Institute, both in Missouri. After her move to Florida in 1974, she studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Fascinated by the works of masters such as Diego Velasquez, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Joaquin Sorolla and John Singer Sargent, Val sought skilled artists/instructors who could impart the principles necessary to train the artist's eye. Ms. Sandell trained with figurative artist Allan R. Banks at his Atelier of Plein-air Studies in Safety Harbor, Florida. There, she learned the principles of representational painting handed down from the Boston School, named for some of the most skillful painters at the turn of the century. That training blends naturalistic and impressionistic styles with a solid foundation in drawing, which is evident in her work. To further hone her skills in working directly from nature, she has studied and painted with nationally known artists Dan Gerhartz, Matt Smith, George Strickland and Ken Backhaus.
Val is a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society and Outdoor Painters Society.  She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and is the ASMA South Representative.  She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Florida and organized Plein Air Sun Coast. Val is a member of Oil Painters of America. Her work has been included in such national [...]

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