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Valerie Graves Art
P.O. Box 433
Ranchos de Taos
New Mexico, 87557 USA
Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
119 Kit Carson Road
Taos, NM 87571
Bird & Wildlife Original Art,
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©Valerie Graves 1995-2012
Paintings Of The Southwest
Pastels, Oils, Etchings, Prints, Posters...& More!
"Taos Mountain " ©2012 Original Pastel by Valerie Graves, Winner Judges' Choice Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos Select Show
Available now at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, (575) 758-3255
Please see our page Original paintings for other fine works
News- Valerie Graves wins THE JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD
at the Fall Arts Festival, Taos Select Show 2012 with the paiting depicted above of Taos Mountain.
Her paintings are featured at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Gallery, Taos, NM
and there are a number of new paintings now available!
Valerie Graves is a Master Painter of landscapes, capturing the special light and essence of the mountains,
sagebrush mesas and valleys of the Southwest.
Many have said that her remarkably sensitive and beautiful work is extremely reminiscent of the very best of the early Taos Founder paintings.
Few artists have earned that praise.
Valerie Graves was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Fine Art at the prestigious Taos Invites Taos Show
at the Fall Arts Festival by the Taos Medical Services Foundation who sponsors the highly acclaimed show.
She joins R.C. Gorman and Agnes Martin in receiving that special honor.
She has won the Best Traditional Painting Award for seven years now - along with two Best In Show Awards and the Judges' Award for 2012 in addition to numerous awards
in other shows nationwide. She is included in many private and museum collections throughout the country.
Valerie loves New Mexico, the land and light and culture, and she loves animals, birds and wildlife.
She donates a good deal of her time and artistic efforts to
help animals inlcuding Equine Spirit Sanctuary in Taos, the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada and others.
She is a member of the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, National Audubon Society,
and numerous helpful bird-oriented organizations, and is an amateur birdwatcher.
Her art collectors primarily purchase purchase her wonderful landscapes,
but she loves painting birds and wildlife and will often donate those paintings (and others)
to help worthy organizations.
Taos, New Mexico artist, Valerie Graves has a wonderful selection of original paintings available at
Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos and a fine selection of signed
prints, cards and more available at the Carson House Shop in Taos
Wilder Nightingale Fine Art has been voted People's Choice for Best Gallery for multiple years in a row!
We have signed prints for sale here, too. Please click to see
what is available (updated October 12, 2012) We offer secure payment through PayPal where you can use your own credit card or PayPal account for purchases)
©2012 Original Oil by Valerie Graves, available at Wilder Nightengale Gallery, Taos, NM, (575) 758-3255
The image and power of Taos Mountain
and the Taos Valley play a central role in Valerie Graves work,
and are portrayed in their many moods and in various seasons. The rich golden light of sunset which highlights the Sangre de Cristos and casts lush,
deep purple shadows is vividly captured in her glowing pastels and oils
"Sunny Autumn Afternoon"
Oil 14" x 18" Sold
©2006 Valerie Graves
The quiet softness of The First Light,
the delicate infusion of sunlight just before the sun rises,
is both a feeling and a realness which Valerie Graves captures
in her Early Morning series.
In her Moonlight, Firelight and Nightime
series, she successfully and gently paints elusive, almost mystical scenes which are made up of many subtle colors and shadows.
She conveys the powerful but quiet interplay of light and shadow, firelight and darkness with her
usual, astounding ability.
The remarkable quality and effectiveness
of her work lies in the fact that she recreates both the feeling of the place she is painting and the reality of the place she
is painting. Critics use the word sensitivity over and over in respect to her work, sensitivity without cliche, without garishness,
without dishonesty. The beauty she chooses as subject matter is always conveyed from her heart, spontaneously. Perhaps that is why
she can capture what is elusive for almost everyone else.
The remarkable painting, Taos Pueblo Christmas Eve,
depicts the bonfire lit night with astounding emotion and strength!
In addition to landscapes, Valerie Graves also paints some elements of Taos Pueblo and other Indian Ceremonials.
She respectfully paints only those permitted aspects of important Native American dances or processions because much of what occurs is sacred.
These works are beyond description and beyond praise largely because this is as important to her as the pure and overwhelming
beauty which surrounds her.
Taos Mountain, sacred to the Taos Pueblo people and part of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range (meaning Blood of Christ
in Spanish, so named for the sunset colors which wash across the entire length of mountains) is a central part of her everyday life.
Taos Pueblo Winter Stillness © Valerie Graves
Graves is represented by galleries across
the country with original paintings available in Taos at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
and prints, cards, posters and more available at Valerie Graves Print Gallery
in The Carson House Shop Patio Room in Taos. She is the main artist at the online gallery - BirdSongGallery.com
which was especially designed to feature her Bird and Wildlife work.
She has been an invited and juried exhibitor in many prestigious shows nationwide;
has received numerous awards and grants including multiple Best In Show Awards;
is included in many museum and private collections; has illustrated a popular book on adobe architecture;
and has been a featured artist in a number of Fine Art Magazines.
"Blossoms & Shadows" © by Valerie Graves
Available as a Poster
Something Just for Fun! Valerie Graves has created
two charming coloring books! The Taos Coloring Book
is full of great drawings of Taos scenes, places, animals and birds,
and The Kit Carson County Carousel Coloring Book
is filled with an array of animals and horses from the National Historic Landmark Carousel.
Please click for more information and to see some of the inside pages
Valerie Graves is currently included in the atttractive and informative book,
"Landscapes of New Mexico," published by Fresco Fine Art Publications. New Mexico's top landscape painters are showcased
in the book. Contact Valerie Graves Art at e-mail us to find out how to order an artist signed copy of the book.
Special! New soft-cover, full-color book,
"Magical Seasons of New Mexico, Paintings by Valerie Graves." (at left)
"This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves New Mexico in all of her magnificent seasons,
and for anyone who admires Valerie Graves and her exceptional ability to capture the light and color
of our beautiful state."
Please click here
for further information on this book.
New Mexico Rainstorm © 2008 Valerie Graves
Graves was featured in the nationwide
traveling Exhibition, the Horse In Fine Art by the American Academy of Equine Art.
The Exhibition was held at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado.
Her painting, pictured at right and titiled
"New Mexico Rainstorm", was sold at the exhibition, and is available as a limited edition print.
There are thirty-five painters and twenty-one sculptors whose work was included in the exhibition,
The Horse in Fine Art, and, according to the catalog, "they are the most renowned and talented artists working
in this genre today." They have represented the horse in diverse surroundings and activities such as racing, fox hunting, show jumping and polo.
Exhibition Co-Curators:Xochitl S. Barnes, AAEA Director of Exhibitions, David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director, David J. Wagner, L.L.C.