UK's leading Modern Impressionist lends talent and support to Dorking Rugby Football Club
Sherree Valentine-Daines, 'artist to the stars', and 'the finest figurative artist we have here in the UK' to create local rugby club masterpiece for fundraising auction.
By: Dorking Rugby Football Club
The renowned figurative artist, who created such outstanding pieces as Destiny (Martin Johnson CBE) and Deliverance (Jonny Wilkinson) - will be creating a special painting to be auctioned in aid of the clubs bid to make enhancements in support of improved community involvement and player health, fitness and wellbeing across all age groups. This generous offer promises to be a prestigious work of art that not only captures the essence of the club and its players, but with Dorking RFC's centenary approaching in 2021, will also be a beautiful celebration of its history.
Sherree has long been a supporter of the club, having seen her son progress through the minis age-groups whilst her husband provided valuable coaching support. The announcement was made during a pre-match lunch against Bedford Athletic RFC at which Sherree was guest of honour, meeting with many club members and players.
Ms Valentine Daines commented:
"I'm very excited about this project. Dorking RFC is very close to my heart and this fundraising project will give so much not only to the players, but also to the community. Knowing that the hard work that goes into every age group to produce such dedicated senior players that uphold rugby values will continue for years to come, and that everyone will be supported throughout their rugby careers is something well-worth being involved in. I'm playing with a variety of concepts after my afternoon spent building up my knowledge base and taking photos – and I'm looking forward to putting those ideas on canvas… and of course, it was wonderful to be there for a great Dorking win."
Humfrey Malins, President of Dorking RFC added:
"We are delighted that Sherree has agreed to contribute to Dorking RFCs fundraising efforts. She has been a long-time and valued friend to the club and to have such a talented International artist make such a generous offer, we feel very proud and confident that we will see a beautiful artistic creation that will give so much to the club, charitably, visually and culturally."
Details of the auction will be published upon final creation of the artwork.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
About Sherree Valentine Daines: www.sherreevalentinedaines.com
About Dorking RFC: www.dorkingrfc.com
Cat Kane, Dorking Rugby Football Club