I'm Valerie Khoo. I'm an artist and I paint large scale florals inspired by poems and literature.
Ever since I was a child, I've been mesmerised by the beauty and power of flowers.
My father imported flowers from all over the world and supplied many of the best florists in Sydney. My mother was the 'go to' person for floral art for weddings. Our home was always an explosion of blooms and colour.
In my working life, I became a journalist, always seeking out the new and compelling stories.
When I became an artist, I followed my creative curiosity into colour, form and design. I was open to what would happen next and fell in love with paint – the alchemy of colour on colour, exploding forms and beautiful florals captured on canvas.
With all of this creative discovery, there has always been the conversation with my great loves of literature, from the romantic poets – like Keats, Byron and Shelley – to the surrealist dream-like world of Lewis Carroll. It's a combination of my love of nature with my fascination with the extremes of scale.
As a result. I love to paint the microcosms of nature at a macro size, resulting in huge floral follies that challenge everyday predictability.
It's my mission to infuse joy and enthusiasm into every artwork, bringing pleasure to me as I create it and, ultimately, to the person who becomes the custodian of the beautiful painting.
Surface pattern designer
In addition to painting original artwork, I am passionate about surface pattern design. So I create fabric collections and wallpaper collections that are sold around the world. My designs are also licensed for upholstery, greeting cards, wall art and a wide range of lifestyle products.
You can find some suppliers here:
Kennard & Kennard Fabrics
Emily Ziz Style Studio
Calypso Greeting Cards