Valori Fussell is an American artist whose work concentrates on the portrait and human figure. Her paintings are universally described as feeling “alive.” Portraits form the largest core of her work and while modern in their directness and intensity, they emerge from the traditions of the Italian and Northern Renaissance. In both method and attitude she is a studio artist whose practice is based in sound craftsmanship and integrity.
Valori’s work has been featured in American Artist Magazine, Food and Home Magazine, Art Calendar and Cottage Living. Among her many competitive honors she has been awarded a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, an Artist-in-Residence in Cortona, Italy and the Purchase Award in the Cheekwood National Painting Competition. Her personal and commissioned artwork is in over five hundred public, private and museum collections. Collectors include Michael E. Pulitzer, Newspaper Publisher; Maryanne Mott, Philanthropist; Tipper Gore; Paul Hogan, Actor; and Stanley F. Druckenmiller, Financier and Philanthropist.
Valori began her art education as a teenager at the Smithsonian Institution and Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. She earned a Master of Fine Art from the Lamar Dodd College of Art at the University of Georgia and graduated Phi Kappa Phi. Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and Italian Language were her focus then and they continue to be today. Valori is a fulltime studio artist and art educator.