For many years Valori has honed the conceptual and technical dimensions of her art. By using luminous glazes she develops portrait and figure paintings that seem to balance old-master technique with a contemporary psychologically acute eye.

-Art Rosenbaum
Artist, Musician
Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia

Valori Fussell is an American artist who paints primarily in the field of the human figure, the portrait and imaginary mindscapes. The imagery in her paintings flows in a continuum between our present world and 15th century Italy. While modern in both directness and intensity they express the unyielding influence of Italian masterworks. Her art expresses an energy and life-force which are palpable. Her portraits are universally acclaimed as being “alive." Valori’s artwork has been featured in national magazines and books; is represented in museum and corporate collections and has been placed in over 500 private collections. She has been awarded grants, residencies and scholarships. She is a noted speaker on the arts and a sought after teacher. Valori began her art education at the Corcoran School of Art, National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She earned a Master of Fine Art from the Lamar Dodd College of Art at the University of Georgia graduating Phi Kappa Phi. Painting, Drawing and Printmaking are her primary professional interests. Animal rights and cultivating human consciousness are valued personal pursuits. In both method and attitude she is a working studio artist whose practice is based in commitment, sound craftsmanship and integrity.


"Your work looks so good and intense!"

-Jim Herbert
American Painter, Filmmaker
Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia

"Your work is wonderful. We are honored to have it as part of Brenau’s collection."

-John S. Burd, President
Brenau College
Gainesville, GA

"We put “Abandoned Quarry” next to the bedroom door so we can see it up close all the time."

-George Vidacovich, Collector
George Vidacovich, Collector
Ventura, CA

"I was just looking at your website and being reminded of how incredibly gifted you are. Stunningly so."

-Jefferson Holt
Chapel Hill, NC

"It looks like it was breathed onto the canvas."

-Ray Strong
Santa Barbara, CA

"I purchased two of your paintings of the quiet and strong old hand tools. Can’t wait to share them with friends. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent."

-Lee Christiansen
Senior Art Director, Target Stores
Minneapolis, MN

"You have made the dark times brighter every time I see the paintings!"

-Marsha McIntire
Goleta, CA