Friday, 24 April 2009
Valerie Beale has been a full-time professional painter for over twenty years. Her Pacific series of prints are inspired by her extended Samoan family and Beale's many visits to the Pacific Islands. She works from her studio in the Bay of Plenty which looks out onto a tropical garden filled with hibiscus, frangipani , palms, and taro. Her first series of four prints were very popular, the editions of Village Gossip and Too Many Mangoes have sold out completely and as of today we have only 3 copies of Friendly Disagreement and Warm Breeze left. I have enjoyed cataloguing Valerie's new signed collection of Pasifika prints over the past couple of days - they remind me of a very enjoyable visit to Samoa and remind me how much I want to go back to the Islands again!