Val brooks was born in the UK and emigrated to Western Australia in 1981.
She was inspired by the quality of light and the amazing colours of the Australian landscape. Always living close to the ocean Val was drawn to the movement and colours of the ocean.
For many years a ceramicist Val began painting her pots and platters with bright colours on a white background and pastels on paper was a natural progression.
Since 1991 she has painted land and seascapes and in 2006 began exploring the use of oils.
A number of trips to Europe have inspired paintings of café scenes and
other familiar views. The local beaches and WA coastal views as well as the Pilbara are still favourite sources for paintings.
Val has studied with Brian Simmonds at theTresillian Centre and at several UWA extension courses
She is a past President of the Pastel Society of WA (2016 -2020) and a member of The West Australian Society of Art
Since retiring in 2013 former Primary Art Specialist teacher Val has taught adult workshops, including 2 day workshops for Hartz (Port Hedland) and at Exmouth, evening classes in pastels for the City of Belmont and oil and pastel classes at the Tresillian centre for the City of Nedlands. Val has also conducted demos for a number of WA art societies
Val also taught 5 day pastel courses at the Claremont School of Art 2014 summer school and The Albany School of Art Summer School 2015,
2016 and 2017.
2019 Highly Commended Pastel Dalwallinu Art Award
2019 First Prize Pastels Dalwallinu Art Award
2019 First prize 9“ x 5” Pastel Society Annual Exhibition
2017 Highly Commended Pastels Dalwallinu Art Award
2016 Highly Commended Pastel, West Australian Society Of Art
2015 Overall best in Show Dalwallinu Art Award
2015 First prize Pastels Dalwallinu Art Award
2015 Best Pastel /Drawing West Australian Society of Art Annual
2015 WASA Lawrie Bennett Award for Plein Air Painting
2014 Highly Commended Spirit Of the Thoroughbred Exhibition
2013 Highly Commended Pastel Society Exhibition
2011 First Prize, Pastels Dalwallinu Art Award
2011 Highly Commended Beverley Art Awards (Oil )
2010 Highly Commended, Beverley Art Awards (Pastel)
2007 Highly Commended, York Art Society
2007 First prize, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition
2005 Best work on Paper, Joondalup Community Art Awards
2018 and 2019 Home Studio Exhibitons
2015 Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda
2013 Windows Winery, Yallingup
2007 Lumiere Gallery, Cottesloe
2005 Old George Gallery, East Fremantle
2001 Juniper Winery, Margaret River
2000 Juniper Winery, Margaret River