Val’s creative ability has been influenced by the Impressionist Painters who have preceded her. Of these, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh were her favorites. The unifying element, which gives shape to the subjects of Val’s paintings, comes from her fascination with texture.
Val Moker is a recipient of the Best New Artist Award at the Calgary Stampede’s, Western Art Showcase, the Peoples’ Choice Award at the Canadian Portrait Academy, and has followed up with other citations including the Will Rogers Medallion Award from the Academy of Western Artists in Oklahoma. Val’s work was accepted in the finals of the New Tang Dynasty Television’s, 4th International Figure Painting Competition 2014, New York City, from a selection of 160 paintings submitted by 100 artists from 16 countries around the world. In 2015, her work was included in the Imago Mundi Project, Treviso, Italy, a unique project to collect works of art by established and emerging artists from countries all around the world. And in 2017, Moker’s work was recognized with a Palm Art Award, Certificate of Excellence, from among the works of 349 nominated artists from around the world. The Palm Art Award is part of an annual competition sponsored by the Art Domain Group from Quedlinburg, Germany. Val Moker holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.
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