Meet the Artist

Valarie Pothier-Forrester

Valarie Pothier-Forrester has a long history of working in the arts. Having received her Bachelor of Art Education and her Master of Arts from the University of Florida, she went on to work as an artist for the Florida Museum of Natural History and, to write curriculum for the Harn Museum of Art, both in Gainesville, Florida.

Valarie taught art in Alachua County for almost 30 years at the high school and middle school levels and was once honored to have been named teacher of the year. Valarie now lives in St. Augustine where she is active painter and creator. Her work has been shown at a number of galleries both locally, in North Florida and Canada. She is a member of the First Coast Plein Air Painters and currently serves on their Board and is a member of the St. Augustine Art Association, and over the years has received numerous awards. Valarie has been a member of the PAStA Gallery since November, 2021.

“My ink paintings are a venture into the spontaneity and transparency of the medium. Controlling the flow of colors is a challenging and exciting approach to design, sometimes living with and loving those happy accidents as colors seem to melt into one another. These paintings express the joy of color and design. I continue to stretch their possibilities on this particular artistic journey.” 

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