Ken Valastro (1954-2014)


Edge of Smith Lake, Washington Park
8″ x 10″
oil on canvas
©Tracy Wall

I write today to celebrate artist Ken Valastro, a man that has inspired not only me, but so many artists.

I first met him at a weekend workshop he taught 10+ years ago.   Not only is his work inspiring, but his gentle insights and laid back feedback made it easy to listen to his instruction and suggestions.

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Paintings by Ken Valastro of Washington Park in Denver

I would later take more of his workshops whenever I needed a jump start.  We became friends and would often see each other at gallery receptions.  With a warm smile, he’d always greet me with a hug and ask about my painting.  On to talks about art, life, trials and tribulations.  Later on, when we exhibited work in group shows together, and he would always be there so generous with encouragement.        IMG_8746-sm-copy-web

From Ken, we learned not only about painting, but how to keep a wonderful attitude in life as he was a true gentleman.   He introduced me into my first gallery, and for that I am forever thankful.  Truly a kind soul.

Today some of us painted at Washington Park (Denver), near the boathouse and lake where he often enjoyed painting.

Really, there’s nothing much to say here.  He’ll continue to be sitting on my shoulder with words of encouragement.

As others have said, Ken you are a masterpiece.
Rest easy, and paint on!  We miss you.
Thank you, Ken.

About Tracy Wall

I'm an artist and massage therapist living in Denver, Colorado.
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2 Responses to Ken Valastro (1954-2014)

  1. Kimberly says:

    Great tribute to a wonderful man. He is with you still.

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