Valerie Spence Hounsell has been documenting her experiences through artistic expression for over 30 years. As an outdoor enthusiast, she has always had a strong connection to the environment, as is evidenced by her portrayal of the Canadian landscape. She is an avid kayaker and many of her paintings reflect her time on the waterways of southeastern Ontario. She photographs her subject matter and returns to her studio in Kingston Ontario to reproduce her experiences. With fine brushwork and interpretive realism, she creates a colourful and unique perspective of her subject matter using acrylics on canvas. Her work unapologetically exploits the unique beauty of all seasons using colour, contrast, and composition.