MFA, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2010
B.S. Degree in Art Ed, Rhode Island College, 2005

Valery Nardacci grew up in Scituate, RI and continues to draw inspiration from her rural upbringing. After completing her Bachelors in Art Education and beginning her teaching career, Valery studied the figure to earn her MFA in Painting at Umass Dartmouth. Along with oils, she explores gouache painting, gesture drawing, and printmaking. Valery is currently focused on still-life paintings of natural objects, many of which are gathered from her own gardens. She approaches painting openly, with a goal of capturing the essence of what is observed. Through this fluid process, the contrast and nuances of inventive color schemes emerge as Valery balances representation with abstract impressionistic qualities.