Painting people was Valda's great love and where her artistic talent excelled. She sought not just to capture a likeness but to express something about that person. For many years, she did portrait commissions. Later, her subjects were people and/or events in the news that moved her.
Portrait of George R. Wagner
Oil on canvas.
Probably the best example of Valda's style when she was doing portrait commissions. Early 1950s.
Drawing of a man.
Conte crayon on paper.
This is an early work probably dating from the 1930s or 40s.
Portrait of a Woman
May have been a preliminary work for a portrait commission. 1950s.