Artists of the Month - October

Saginaw Township Art in Public Places is pleased to present Valarie Root of Freeland, Michigan, as the Artist of the Month for October. 

Artist Biography
Valarie Root was born in Michigan.  She was raised in Saginaw and is now a resident of Freeland, Michigan.  Growing up with her mother and her grandfather both accomplished artists, her artistic expression began at an early age.  Her strong sense for different subject compositions combined with a touch of the dramatic help her to create paintings infused with color and detail.  Her artistic versatility has led to painting florals, landscapes, animals, murals and many commissioned works. 

Valarie is a 1987 graduate of Delta College where she majored in art.  Her custom paintings and murals can be seen in corporate and private collections statewide.  A professional artist for more than 20 years, Valarie works on location and in her studio at home in Freeland where she lives with her family.

Artist Statement
My intention is to create canvasses that are fresh and unique, by using layers of brilliant color to capture the spirit of my subject.  Much of my inspiration comes from the ever changing landscapes and the beautiful seasonal colors of Michigan.  I consider myself to be an impressionistic and a realistic painter, bringing the two styles together helps me to capture the brilliant effects of light and color, using thick brushstrokes of paint.  As my work evolves and changes I am newly inspired by the world as I see it!

Valarie's exhibit will be on display at Saginaw Township Hall, located at 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, thru October 31, 2023.   Township Offices will be closed at 4 p.m. on October 13, 2023.