Valerie Giannandrea McKeag

Valerie Giannandrea McKeag graduated from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland in 1985 with a 1st class BA Honours Degree in Illustration. She moved to London and worked as a freelance illustrator working for various clients in advertising and publishing over a 12 year period.
She came to Belfast in 1997, re-trained as a teacher and is currently Head of Art at Ashfield Girls’ High School in Belfast.

This series of paintings produced over the last year are of the stunning land and seascapes of the North Coast of Antrim and the Mourne region of County Down. They explore the transient effects of light and weather on the landscape and the passing of seasons.
“Many sketches are made and photographs taken of the various locations. These act as an aid to memory and are my point of departure for the paintings.
I am not interested in producing copies of the photographs or sketches and although some works may be recognisable depictions of a location. I am primarily interested in expressing how it felt to be there at a particular time. I admire the work of Norman Ackroyd, Donald Teskey, William Wray and Elizabeth Magill.