Sadie Valeri is a classical realist oil painter currently creating a series of still lifes depicting transparent and reflective objects in her San Francisco Mission District studio.
She teaches Figure Drawing and Oil Painting classes at her studio, and hosts non-instructed model sessions on Tuesday evenings. For more info visit
About the artist:
Sadie Valeri graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration and has since studied intensively with several of the most important realist artists working today, including Michael Grimaldi, Juliette Aristides, Jacob Collins, and Ted Seth Jacobs.
Sadie's painting "Bottle Collection" won First Prize for Still Life at the 2010 Art Renewal Center Salon and in 2009 she was accepted into the prestigious Hudson River Fellowship. She also won Juror's choice awards at the Artspan Open Studio shows in 2008 and 2009.
Sadie has taught graduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and currently teaches drawing and painting at her studio.
Of her series of paintings of crumpled waxed paper wrapped around antique silver objects she says:
"I find the transparent and reflective properties of wax paper particularly compelling. A full range of value and color is compressed into its folds. Light shining through it has a different color than light reflecting off of it. Its structure when crushed creates a system of wedges, twists and interlocking shapes almost as complex and organized as living organic form.
This simple material, stocked in the bottom drawer of every home's kitchen for the last 100 years, has the ability to show an enormous sense of drama."