About Valerie Pendred
Valerie was born and educated in England where she completed a degree in painting and printmaking. She later gained a diploma in teaching art and gained experience in that field before coming to New Zealand in 1973.
Since then she has continued to develop her art from her studio north of Auckland, which she shares with husband Robin, who makes finely crafted wooden furniture.
The couple had a joint exhibition in Connecticut in 2010.
Valerie has also continued teaching art to adult classes.
Valerie and Robin formed ‘The Mahurangi Group’ which exhibited annually for ten years. The group of eight practising artists in varying media successfully transformed many interesting venues to professional gallery status , attracting hundreds of appreciative visitors.
Of her prints and paintings she states:” My source images come from observing my surroundings, their moods and special qualities; interpreting them with shape, colour and texture. Drawing is of special importance – looking, seeing, exploring, interpreting.”
Valerie’s prints are handmade linocuts, produced by the reduction method. Only one block of lino is used and for each colour the block must be cut and ink applied with a roller before being printed. Each time more lino is cut away and a different colour is overprinted through a hand-worked press. The whole edition of prints cannot be repeated as the block is gradually changed, finishing with very little design on it.
To Valerie printmaking presents endless challenges. The process itself, the interaction between block, ink and paper under the pressure of the press, gives rise to a degree of mystery and surprise. The slight variations caused by this process add to each print’s uniqueness.
In the oil paintings there is a particular enjoyment in the nuances of paint and brush, expressing points of view of surroundings inherent but not always ‘seen’, expressing moods and particular qualities of different aspects of nature, which at present are trees. From here a series of works often arises.