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Currently on display at the Guerrieri Student Union Art Space "Flesh and Beauty" by Valerie Simon

Aqsa Alvi Portrait

Valerie Simon is originally from Hagerstown, MD. She is a senior at Salisbury University working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Valerie has had a passion for art since she was a child, having been raised in an art-rich environment and taught to appreciate fine art from a young age. Her focus is mostly on figures and portraiture. She is heavily influenced by the work of traditional Renaissance era painters.

Valerie Simon - "Flesh and Beauty"


Valerie Simon - Venus Venus
2019
Oil on canvas
16” x 20”


Valerie Simon - Lip Study Lips Study
2019
Oil on canvas
4” x 5”


Valerie Simon - Eye Study Eye Study
2019
Oil on Canvas
4” x 5”


Valerie Simon - Nose Study Nose Study
2019
Oil on canvas
4” x 5”


Valerie Simon - Reflection Reflection
2019
Oil and paper on canvas
16” x 20”


Valerie Simon - Seeing Pink Seeing Pink 
2019
Oil on canvas
12” x 10”


Valerie Simon - Naked Naked
2019
Oil on canvas
36” x 12”


As an artist, I pull very direct influence and inspiration from the art of the Renaissance. I gravitate to the softness and smooth nature of the skin portrayed in the works of artists like Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. In my own art, I like to represent skin and human features similarly. I find it most aesthetically pleasing for my own paintings to be blended, smooth and lack visible brushstrokes. I have a deep appreciation for the natural features, shadows and curves of the human body, as well as the “artificial” accentuation of features through makeup and positioning, which I consider an art on its own. Through my paintings, I want to bring the traditional ways of paintings to the modern world to show appreciation, pay homage and simply create art that makes me happy

Admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information, call Jinchul Kim at

410-543-6274