Valencia is a classically trained fine artist whose primary media includes oil, graphite and charcoal. Artwork that is painterly yet appears so sensitively rendered that it seems to come to life is of particular interest. Through special attention to drawing and value structure, Valencia strives to achieve these elements in her own work as well.
As an active member of the art community in western Washington, Valencia has participated in numerous group art exhibitions. Over the last several years she has won many awards including first place awards exhibiting with The Arts of Kenmore, Mountlake Terrace Friends of the Arts, and Onyx Fine Arts Collective. She had a sellout show during the 2013 Vision 20/20 Event with Burien Arts. Other local exhibitions include Seattle City Hall, Meydenbaur Center in Bellevue, WA, The Sequim Arts Juried Show, Shoreline Arts Festival, and Edmonds Art Festival to name a few. Her work has also exhibited nationally and internationally online at places such as St. John’s College: Mitchell Art Gallery, Infinity Art Gallery, and Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste.
Valencia is an associate artist at Seattle’s Onyx Fine Arts Collective.
I have pursued my passion for drawing and painting for a major part of my life. I use a variety of media to create environments with people and places that capture my imagination. Generally, I use charcoal or graphite to develop my sketches, then enliven their personality with color and light on paper or canvas.
The drawings and paintings offered here are in a variety of media: graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, oils, or a combination of media. They are a sampling of a variety of subjects that inspire me: Images of Africa, the Essence of Youth, dance and music.
I am deeply committed to the process of creating art that reflects my roots and that respectfully represents culture and humanity.
Al was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began developing his drawing and painting skills at an early age, with encouragement from teachers, friends and family. At age ten he attended his first art classes at a neighborhood community center, and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. At age fourteen he was accepted into the High School of Art and Design in New York City, where he studied graphic design, sculpture and photography, while majoring in illustration.
After graduation he took advanced classes in illustration and graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York City. Afterwards, Al enrolled at the Arts Students League of New York where he studied figure drawing, painting, design and composition for three years. As an illustrator in various art studios in New York City, he created art for movie posters and ads for Warner Brother’s films as well as magazine ads for advertising agencies.
Al eventually moved to the Pacific Northwest. Settling in Seattle, in 1967, he found a new source of inspiration to fuel the creative process.
Al immediately opened and established one of Seattle’s top studios specializing in illustration, graphic design and photographic retouching. He simultaneously continued to experiment with new themes in his fine art paintings and drawings. He exhibited in many venues throughout the Northwest, and won a variety of awards. He was also an invited artist and juror for several exhibitions in the Northwest.
Al continuously works as a professional artist and serves on the Board of Directors at the Onyx Fine Arts Collective in Seattle, WA.
Major support for the 2016 Youth Curator Program provided by KeyBank Foundation.