Valerie Collymore Atelier
Valerie Collymore offers small group weekly and monthly art sessions in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington, as well as private one-on-one instruction.
Valerie Collymore is a French Impressionist Fine Art oil painter who favors scenes from Provence and the French Riviera. Through works attentive to the “in-the-moment" character of a scene, to design, color and unusual light effects, and striving for a painterly style in the French Impressionist tradition, Valerie's hope is to share the visual feast that is the magnificent creation that surrounds us and to connect with viewers through shared experiences.
Born to a physician and a nurse in a small town in New Jersey, life circumstances brought Valerie to the French Riviera at the age of 9. Then recently widowed, her intrepid mother confidently put her two children in French grade schools, exhorting us to achieve, despite the temporary handicap of the language barrier. Valerie flourished on those sun-drenched Mediterranean hills and beaches, collecting unique memories, rich experiences, lifelong friends and several languages.
Valerie was the kid that was always drawing, and later painting with gouache. At the age of 18, uncertain about the practicality of a career in the arts, Valerie dove into a career in the health care field, returning to the U.S. to pursue her degrees. Art aspirations were put on hold for several decades, as she poured energies into the lives of many others. After encouragement from established members of the community of artists residing in this inspiringly beautiful part of the Northwest, and newly an empty-nester with a little bit more time to focus on my passions, she saw her chance to pursue art full time… and she went for it!