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Valerie McLean

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Artist particularly interested in Book Art

After spending most of my working life in various art related employment, I now focus on my own painting, drawing and printmaking, exploring ideas about memory, landscape and sacred places. I sometimes work over and over again layering paint on small square canvases, working from the subconscious. My most recent work relates to my walks taken alone or with friends, including an Altered Book for the BookArts19 exhibition at the Ledbury Poetry festival - ‘The Philosophy of Walking’ …. I find working in sketchbooks and art journals etc. helps to make sense of life. I sometimes use my sketchbook pages to illustrate published books, like the most recent book about the poet, Edward Thomas.



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Artwork for Valerie McLean

Figure in a Lanscape


May Hill 2

Landscape with Fox

Figure in a Lanscape 1

Bird in the Hedge

semi abstract painting

Women Waiting

small painting

Spring Landscape

book art

The Philosophy of Walking


Sketchbook page


For you what does being an artist mean?: 

For me, making art is not a choice but part of everyday life, an important activity bringing feelings of well-being. After spending time painting in the studio, or drawing in sketchbooks we may see the world and situations differently……. a shift of focus that comes from expressing what we feel.

CV & Education: 

2010 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Hereford College of Art (Higher Education Centre Prizewinner)

2008 F.D.A. Fine Art, Hereford

2006 City & Guilds N.V.Q. Assessors Certificate Royal Forest of Dean College

2000 City & Guilds Further Education Teachers Certificate Royal Forest of Dean College

Practice & Activities: 
After many years running galleries, teaching art and craft, running workshops and community art projects I now focus on my own work and organise the Ledbury Book arts group.

2016 - 2019 BookArts Ledbury Poetry Festival

2017 Royal West of Academy Open Bristol

2016 Royal West of Academy Open Bristol

2016 - 2019 h.Art Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley

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