Valerie Batchelor

Born in India in 1932, Valerie Batchelor returned to England in 1945 and studied art at Salisbury School of Art in the early 1950s. Her early inspirations were John Singer Sargent and Ken Howard and their ability to capture the quality and reflections that light plays on buildings, landscapes and water. It is this light and movement that she portrays so ably in her quiet landscapes of Welsh hillsides or dramatic coastlines or indeed the buildings in Venice in a piazza on a sunny morning.
Valerie exhibits at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Pastel Society and the Royal West of England Academy whilst continuing to show with galleries in London, the Cotswolds and Hampshire in both one man and mixed exhibitions.
The Wykeham Gallery has been showing Valerie’s work for many years and she is a much admired and collected local artist. Valerie paints in most mediums, concentrating mainly on working in acrylic, enjoying the vigour and swiftness of application and the variety of working methods and effects she can achieve with this medium. Her work is varied and versatile. Subjects range from atmospheric landscapes to lively figurative compositions, including café scenes, beaches, harbours and markets. A member of the National Association of Painters in Acrylic, she has won the Windsor and Newton Prize. Her paintings are in many private collections.