Having retired as a teacher in England, Val Blakeman moved to Spain at first on a semi-permanant basis. Within time her love for Javea made her decision to move here permanently, ver easy. Now Valerie lives in Javea and can be close to her church, which is the Javea International Baptist Church, who are our friendly hosts for the Art Market.

"I have always had a creative flair and I used that in my teaching profession," explains Val.

With the encouragement of her brother-in-law, Val decided to take lessons with Julia Evans first at her outlet in Gata de Gorgos and now in her studio in Benidoleig.

"Julia has inspired me and has taught me much of the skills I now possess," admits Val.

Val likes to take a whole day to devote to her painting. "It is the time when I can immerse myself completely in what I am doing," she explains.

"I love to express my love for people in my paintings. I try to express feelings and emotions in my work. If I had the time I would paint every day. I hope to develop a skill with the pallets knife"

Val is interested in artists who portray people with character and movement. Javea is the ultimate place for an artist who admires the sunlit paintings of Valencia's most famous artist - Joaquín Sorolla.

Val Blakeman will be at the ART MARKET so come visit her and admire her creativity and joy of painting.