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Ms. Sandell's love of traveling has resulted in traditional plein-air paintings of such beautiful areas as the Provence region of France, the wine country of northern California and the North Carolina mountains. A native of Kansas City, she attended Avila College and the Kansas City Art Institute, both in Missouri. After her move to Florida in 1974, she studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Fascinated by the works of masters such as Diego Velasquez, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Joaquin Sorolla and John Singer Sargent, Val sought skilled artists/instructors who could impart the principles necessary to train the artist's eye. She found that training within the atelier system, blending naturalistic and impressionistic styles with a solid foundation in drawing, which is evident in her work.
To further hone her skills in working directly from nature, she has studied and painted with nationally known artists Dan Gerhartz, Matt Smith, George Strickland and Ken Backhaus.
Ms. Sandell is a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society and member of both Oil Painters of America and Outdoor Painters Society. Val is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and is the ASMA South Representative. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Florida and organized Plein Air Sun Coast. Her work has been included in such national juried exhibitions as the Salmagundi Club and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, both in New York City.
National juried exhibitions and plein-air invitational events include: The American Impressionist Society's 2005, '06, ’07, ‘08 and '09 National Juried Exhibition / American Women Artists National 2005 and '07 Exhibition / Oil Painters of America 2007 Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils / Boca Grande Art Alliance National Juried Exhibition, Boca Grande FL / Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition, Hilton Head Island SC / 2008 and '10 CAC Biennial National, Punta Gorda FL / Cummer Museum of Art Ball~Art Exhibition, Jacksonville FL / "Paintout in Paradise", Venice Art Center, Venice FL / "The Nature of Art in High Springs" Invitational Paintout & Exhibit, High Springs Gallery, High Springs FL / "Forgotten Coast" Invitational Paint Out & Exhibit, Gulf Alliance for the Arts, Port St. Joe FL / 2008 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA / 2010 Evinston Paint Out, Evinston, FL / Salon International 2010 ~ Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX / Salon International 2013 ~ Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX / America’s Parks Through the Beauty of Art 2013 / American Society of Marine Artists "Cruising Southern Waters" Exhibition, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA / 2014 Paint North Carolina, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC / 22nd Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Art Show ~ Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC / 2015 Outdoor Painter Society Plein Air Southwest Salon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX / 23rd Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Art Show ~ Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC / 2016 Outdoor Painter Society Plein Air Southwest Salon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Museum exhibitions include: American Society of Marine Artist's 2008 New England Regional Exhibition ~ Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame, and the Maine Maritime Museum / Florida Bienniel IV and V, Museum of Florida Art, DeLand FL / CAM Annual Maritime Art Exhibition 2008 and '09, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay OR / SFCC Museum of Florida Art and Culture's Plein Air in Florida Juried Exhibition (Best of Show) / ASMA North Regional show "Between the Shining Seas," Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum,Winona, MN / 7th Annual Paint the Parks ~ Coutts Museum of Art / 8th Annual Paint the Parks ~ Coutts Museum of Art.
- The artist was invited by the Gulf Coast Heritage Museum to have a one-woman show inspired by Historic Spanish Point in Osprey, FL.
- Two-person 2010 exhibition, "Maritime Heritage in Art," at the Florida Maritime Museum, Historic Cortez Village, FL.
- Three-person 2010 exhibition, "Fresh Perspectives," at the SFCC Museum of Florida Art and Culture in Avon Park, FL.
- Five-person 2011 exhibition, "Fair Winds and Following Seas," at the Florida Maritime Museum, Historic Cortez Village, FL
- Three-person 2012 Invitational Group Show, "It's all about the Light," at Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL - One-woman 2013 exhibition at Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL
- Two-person 2014 exhibition at Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL
Val Sandell's award-winning landscapes, still lifes and portraits hang in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Val Sandell in Sail Magazine
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