Biography for Valerie Thornton R.E. (1931 - 1986)
Her first exhibition of etchings and watercolours was held in 1960 since when there have been numerous shows in Britain and America. During the 1970s Thornton made etchings of several East Anglian churches and ecclesiastical and architectural subjects continued to form a major part of her artistic output throughout her career. She travelled extensively in France, Italy and Spain and Romanesque [Norman] churches provided a rich source of inspiration. Although Thornton occasionally tried abstract styles she most commonly employed representational elements in her work.
Thornton's work is to be found in several public collections both in Britain [the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum] and America [Museum of Modern Art, New York