Painting of bear wins prize |

Painting of bear wins prize

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Val Warner won first place for February in the Tahoe Art League's monthly contest with her painting of a bear cub titled "Sneak Attack."

Val Warner is the first-place winner in the Tahoe Art League member contest for February, with her painting of a bear cub titled “Sneak Attack.” Tricia McWhorter took second place for her pastel “A Kiss from Rosey” and Ernie Claudio is the third-place winner for his digital art “Frozen Rose.”

Each month the Tahoe Art League conducts a contest at its meeting and awards first, second and third-place ribbons. The first-place winner also receives a cash prize. The winning art is on display and available for purchase at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce throughout the month.

Warner lives in the Sierra between Sacramento and Tahoe with her husband Chuck. Her focus is Western and wildlife painted in oil on canvas. She has attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and workshops in Jackson, Wyo., Colorado and Arizona to hone her skills.

Her artwork includes wild animals, equine art, portraits, waterfowl and landscapes. Warner feels that “painting creates an opportunity to become intimate with the subject and helps the viewer appreciate the power, gentleness, or whatever is unique to that animal, person, or location.” Her realistic and radiant style of oil painting succeeds in capturing the interest of the viewer.

Visit her Web site at to enjoy many other images or contact the artist by calling (916) 425-2905.

The Tahoe Art League has enjoyed Warner’s “bubbly” personality and willingness to jump in to help with TAL activities, when she’s not off on photo shoots in wonderful locations as her upcoming Yellowstone bear photo shoot in May or her plein air painting trip to the Tetons in July.

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