Dorking-based modern impressionist Sherree Valentine Daines – an artist to the stars
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Modern Impressionist Sherree Valentine Daines has been described as everything from ‘artist to the stars’ to ‘the finest figurative artist we have here in the UK’.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2015
Born and raised in Surrey, she trained at Epsom School of Art and now paints from her studio in a beautiful 18th century rectory just outside Dorking, where she lives with her artist husband Mark Rowbotham. To this day, her childhood landscape remains close to her heart and plays an important part in her work.
“Every morning, I walk up Box Hill with our dog Millie and a group of friends,” she says. “I really love that morning view and enjoy the fresh air before locking myself away in the studio. I have photographed, sketched and set up my easel there countless times, painting my own and other children flying kites or picnicking with their families, so it resonates for me with both personal and artistic memories!”
Sherree’s exquisite Impressionistic paintings of childhood and society scenes have been exhibited at such prestigious venues as the Tate and the Barbican, and she enjoys a special relationship with Clarendon Fine Art in Mayfair, which has just opened a boutique gallery in Cobham. Her many celebrity collectors include members of the Royal Family, former PM Sir John Major and Lord Sebastian Coe.
She also loves to use her artistic skills for the benefit of charity, particularly the Horsham-based Born Free Foundation, for whom she recently created a wildlife painting in just 45 minutes, in front of a live audience, for the charity to auction.
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“I was thrilled to paint live in front of the guests,” she says. “I was also delighted when my painting of a lion raised £20,000 on the night for this fantastic cause.”
At the forefront of British art for 35 years, Sherree Valentine Daines may be achieving international acclaim but still remains loyal to her Surrey roots.
• See the work of Sherree Valentine Daines at the Whitewall Galleries, Guildford; Clarendon Fine Art, Cobham; or at sherreevalentinedaines.com