Currently a member: Oil Painters of America, Florida Plein Air, First Coast Plein Air Painters, Anastasia Plein Air group, (administrator) Plein Air Flagler
Bio: Valarie received both her Bachelors Degree in Art Education from the University of Florida, and a Master of Arts Degree. She took course work at Penland and John C. Campbell. She worked several years at the Florida Museum of Natural History and wrote curriculum for the Harn Museum of Art during her years as an art teacher for the School Board of Alachua County.
But long fascinated by the challenge of Plein Air Painting, after retirement from teaching in 2013, she has become an avid plein air painter, organizing a group of painters in and around St. Augustine, Florida and scheduling weekly outings to a variety of venues. She also paints with the First Coast Plein Air Painters from Jacksonville, Florida as often as possible and has participated in quick draw events such as the Wekiva Springs Paint Out.
Juried Shows: First Coast Plein Air Painters, St. Augustine Art Association Florida Smithsonian Waterways
Abby Howard Murphy
Bio: Abby Howard Murphy is a recipient, B.A., School of International Service, American University, Minored in Environmental Studies area of focus, Marine Biology, Limnology, and the Law of the sea. Internship: International Institute for Environment and Development; created an illustrated guide to dune plants of the Turks and Caicos Islands on site; and painted scenery for the Connecticut Repertory Theater-Nutmeg Summer Series. Abby Howard Murphy is creating primarily in oil or acrylic. Her paintings are of vibrant seascapes, skyscapes and forests inspired by plein air painting and her own photography. Currently residence in northeast Florida home with her family.
A member of the First Coast Plein Air Painters, Saint Augustine Art Association, Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach, Riverside Fine Arts Association and Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.