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 Val Persoon  (1943 - )

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Lived/Active: Washington      Known for: watercolor painting and printmaking

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
I would like to bring attention to Val Persoon, perhaps the most prolific professional artist in or around Tacoma, WA.

Born in 1943, she began painting in 1968, and after several years she was painting full time, and as a single mother supporting herself and her family as a professional artist.  She has painted perhaps 4000 or 6000 images.  She also has a number of prints which demonstrate the breadth of her work.

She has won numerous awards at regional art shows.  She also sponsors art workshops and teaches individuals.  She is a well known regional artist. 

A Newsletter of the Peninsula Art League features her with the description of:

"Val Persoon is an interpretive watercolor artist who finds an unending source of creative energy from discovering and developing new techniques using traditional supplies. Color, composition, edges, and lately mood, are elements of a painting that get her full and undivided attention. When choosing subjects, she reaches first, for her face-to-face confrontations with the ordinary. Val strives to control the balance of power in her art, to give the techniques she uses more strength than the subjects. She finds watercolor a long-lasting and rewarding challenge."

Submitted by James Kadlec.


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"My mom told me she liked my mud pies. That was enough for confidence. Skill and experience are still forming a time layered patina over my joy of art. I began two-dimensional work in 1968 when I was twenty five.  I didn’t want to stop, ever, so I chose the full-time career of an artist. I love it still.

I describe my work as interpretive.  Right now I use watercolor, but my media could change without notice. Color, composition, edges and lately, mood are elements of the job that get my full and undivided attention one at a time.  When choosing what to paint, I reach first for face to face confrontations with the ordinary. Energy springs from discovering one by one an unending variety of painting techniques that keep me happy and creatively charged.  I strive to control the balance of power in my art;   to give the techniques I use more strength than the subjects. It is a long, rewarding, and unfinished challenge. "

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