Valarie holds a BFA in Fine Art and has worked in many of the traditional artist mediums including but not limited to acrylics, oils, charcoal, watercolor and silversmithing. She is a Certi ed Professional Photographer and recently earned her Florida Education Degree. Valarie is an international award-winning artist earning a Silver Medal in the 2016 International Print Competition and a Gold Medal in the 2017 International Print Competition where several of her images were accepted into the prestigious loan collection. She was awarded 2015 PPSWF Photographer of the Year and 2015 PPSWF Art Tech Photographer of the Year. Finally, her award-winning image “Taking a Break” was featured on the November 2017 cover of PPA magazine. Join Valarie in this fast-paced evening of fun and education as you explore new ways to get inspired and reach beyond your current artist potential. Learn to study the Old Masters’ techniques for lighting and posing and apply them in your art using today’s technology. Valarie will demonstrate how to: 1. Recreate a famous 18th Century painting with a live model 2. Extract the subject in Photoshop 3. Create a custom background in Photoshop 4. Learn to use the Mixer Brush for painting 5. Paint and blend our subject to create a cohesive art piece.