Valerie J.a. Vandermotten

Valerie J.A. Vandermotten

Location: Belgium

Lives in Brussels Area, Belgium
Works in California, USA


In 2005, while I was working as Communication Manager for a company (IDDI) providing services in Medical Research, I completed a degree and presented a Master’s thesis on an analysis of the young generation as a target for museums (published on Amazon).

Having been exposed to the museums world, I felt the need to explore my artistic aspirations.

I then took classes in writing, painting and drawing at Belgian schools. I soon realized that painting was my definite call.

In 2011, my partner and I moved to the Silicon Valley (California). I took art classes at the Pacific Art League School (Palo Alto) and at Stanford University (Palo Alto). There, I developed a series of abstract paintings and I was selected to participate in the preview exhibitions organized by the Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS). I also was among the finalists of the UA Competition.

With the will of becoming a professional artist and a teacher, I decided to enroll for a post-baccalaureat program which would lead me to a Master in Fine Arts.

Since September 2016, I am International Student at UC Berkeley Extension in Visual Arts. The program will end in August 2017.
Artist Statement

My recent work is about conveying a sense of quietness with a quest for freedom.

I am inspired by the colors themselves, memories of places I have visited, nature, animals, people or daily life scenes that touch me emotionally.

I usually take my own photographs and work directly from them to keep the spontaneity of painting as much as possible.

Technically, I aim at achieving a balance that I want to be as fragile as the impermanence of life. I am interested in rendering a smooth relationship between sky (spirituality) and earth (life) in order to connect these two elements. The flowers are floating or flying to translate this desire of freedom.

I define myself as an expressive abstract and figurative painter, positively engaged to bring poetry to life.


Meditative Wandering

Back to Memories “Back to Memories”

48x36", acrylic on canvas, 2016

Charming Little Flowers “Charming Little Flowers”

Acrylic on canvas, 48x36", 2016

On the Path to the Sky “On the Path to the Sky”

Acrylic on canvas, 48x36", 2016

In Them I Believe “In Them I Believe”

Acrylic on canvas, 48x36", 2016

Flying Flowers “Flying Flowers”

Acrylic on canvas, 36x48 in.

Flowers of Desire II “Flowers of Desire II”

Acrylic on canvas, 18x24 in.