Meet Angela Valentine

 

After leaving school at age 16, August 1952, Angela Valentine worked as an agricultural apprentice. After three years, she passed her test and entered the Agricultural College in Regensburg.

After graduating Angela spent three years in Finland, England and Ireland. When she returned, she went to Business college and ended up working for the German Railways in Basel. She later went on to London to work for the German airline, Lufthansa for ten years.

She married a New Zealander and had two children, Sarah and Peter. Once Angela’s children had grown up and left home, she started producing small wooden furniture. Later, she worked and managed an art and craft shop.

Angela’s true passion is writing and painting and she continues to do that most days. The Dark Edge of the Rainbow is her debut novel.

 

“Art is life and life is something beautiful”

More About Angela Valentine

Art is an expression of  oneself. I’ve always enjoyed creating things, ever since I was a child. I was born in Berlin before the war and grew up in Bavaria post-war. I have always made things from anything that I could turn into something. We had no toys so I made things for myself and my younger sisters to play with.

I studied farming because I wanted to breed horses, but by the time I graduated, tractors and other machinery had conquered farming and farm horses held little or no future. Instead I went to Business College and worked at Lufthansa in London, Old Bond Street.

In my spare time I painted in water colours. I turned orange boxes into neat little bookshelves and kitchen cabinets.

I got married and had children. Being at home I became a wood-worker. I made accessories for the bathroom, kitchen and sitting room in wood, Bavarian style. I had made a wendy-house, log cabin style in my garden for the children and made the furniture to go with it. Before long I taught some Japanese ladies how to make kitchen tables and benches they could flat pack and take with them to Japan.

I moved to Devon and there I had my own woodworking shop and made wooden chests, bookshelves and took orders from customers at the Totnes market.

In my spare time I painted and went to evening classes. I joined the Teignmouth Art Society and sold some paintings. When I retired I joined first Rod Clark’s etching classes in Teignmouth, I then joined The Dartington Print Room with Michael Honnor and there I had a wonderful big workspace to do my work.

I also do pastel work, watercolours and acrylic. I spend some time in New Zealand where my children now live. I have one grandson and one granddaughter there.

I married again in 1997. My husband was a Dartmoor Guide and we do a lot of walking in Devon, the Lakes, Cornwall and Northumbria. My inspiration comes from our walks.

I hope you enjoy browsing my Art by Angela gallery and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in purchasing my latest book or artwork.

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