To visit the Galapagos Islands with just eighteen other travelers aboard a luxury yacht called The Evolution, reveals Darwin's archipelago in the up-close and personal way only steaming through the waters flowing along the Equator 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador can reveal them. Valerie's 2017 plan is to produce thirty or more paintings of the magnificent sea lions, tortoises, sea turtles, sharks, sting rays, sea stars, schools of colorful fish, crabs, iguanas, frigate birds, pelicans, shore birds, blue-footed and red-footed boobies who populate the cliffs, lava rock shorelines and underwater coastal waters surrounding the Galapagos. The moody waters of the rocky shorelines and tranquil mangroves, stately stands of giant cactus, low-growing lichens, sandalwood trees, Banyan trees and the mangroves themselves will certainly appear on canvas along with the creatures who live within and upon them.

Here we go!

A SEA LION MOTHER AND PUP were asleep after coming up from the ocean, tired and ready for a nap. The pup was just two or three days old!

From a photo by Katherine Pratt. Acrylic on Canvas 36x24 

The Land Iguana is sometimes strikingly colorful. This one snacked on cactus as we all snapped photos standing just a few feet away. Over a period of 6 weeks, Valerie created the iguana in three dimensional relief on 36x24 canvas and painted the construction in acrylics to show the brilliant coloring of the iguana. From a photo taken by Katherine Pratt.