Valerie Unruh enjoys living by the ocean and rain forests—perfect places to find the flora, fauna and fairies that she explores in her art. “Nature Spirits” adorn many of her pieces.
Valerie began her artistic career in Toronto, Ontario. She was inspired from an early age by her “little grandmother” who was an accomplished ceramic artist. Valerie received a scholarship to attend the Ontario College of Art and passed with honors standing. Directly after college, she trained as a florist in the oldest floral shop in the St. Lawrence Market Place; and then moved to Vancouver, continuing her florist career in the oldest shop on Granville Street.
In her late twenties, Valerie became quite ill and helped herself by studying the healing arts. Consequently, many of her paintings incorporate semi-precious stones because of their healing qualities.
Valerie is inspired by nature and the elementals. She interprets the spirits, allowing them to express themselves through her art, which often results in images of fairies and the places that they dwell. Valerie’s art gives form to her love of natural, positive energy, and she hopes to plant a seed in the observer’s mind and heart about the importance of nature in our lives.
"Reflected within the infinite designs of nature, a way is always shown, once the mind is quiet. These art pieces and jewels are intuitively influenced by the silent strength and beauty of Mother Earth's divine intelligence."
Valerie Unruh 2020