Edgar Valentine Odendaal a.k.a ‘Val’, was born in Nairobi in 1944 and grew up in the wildlife paradise of the Kenyan bushveld. From an early age he loved painting and drawing the animals, bush-veld and scenes surrounding him. This evoked in him a life-long passion for art.
His artistic ability was evident from his earliest schooldays and he remembers the school art teacher entrusting him with the art room keys so that he had free access to the facility whenever he wished. A large portion of his school holidays was spent on the old type safari, camping out in the bush with his parents and family. He gained a wealth of knowledge of the outdoors from these experiences, as well as from his father, who was a farmer, professional hunter and later a game warden at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda. This knowledge combined with his desire for painting and sketching has resulted in the exciting, authentic wildlife and nature studies that he now produces.
Val began painting professionally in 1982 and uses various mediums – his favourite being oils and pastels. Accuracy and attention to detail are hallmarks of Val’s work.
Val and his wife Ethne live, at present, in the Mpumalanga Lowveld of South africa, close to the Kruger National Park and many of the private nature reserves in the area. The sounds of the bushveld and seeing the African sunrise over the thorn trees every morning inspire him to continue with this passion.
His work is known locally and internationally and his paintings are now widely collected throughout the world. All Val’s artworks are framed by the artist himself. He carefully selects the frame and mountings to suit each study and to display it to its maximum potential. He derives a deep satisfaction from seeing the creation through from its inception to its completion.
Proverbs 18:16 – A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.’