Surrey-based leading contemporary painter Sherree Valentine-Daines – widely acknowledged as "The Face of Modern British Impressionism” - has stepped in to support Dorking Rugby Football Club in its current fundraising efforts to build a new Medical and Rehabilitation Centre at its Kiln Lane home in Brockham. 

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.

About Sherree Valentine Daines

The face of Modern British Impressionism.  Sherree is one of the most collectable artists working in the UK, with her original paintings almost impossible to come by. Technically brilliant, stylistically virtuosic and endlessly vigilant, she creates masterly evocations of some of the most beautiful elements of British life, from the elegance of the social whirl to the innocence of the children’s seaside outing. The authenticity and accuracy of her observation is softened by her impressionistic approach, hersubtle hand blending each detail into a creation of captivating timelessness.

She has been officially voted the UK’s leading Modern Impressionist, and her celebrity portraits have earned her the epithet of ‘artist to the stars’. As well as her oils on canvas she has created a series of exquisite bronze figures and two stunning hardback books.  She has an impressive track record of exhibitions at such venues as Tate Britain, the Barbican, the Lord’s Museum and many more.

About Dorking RFC Fundraising

The club is currently raising money to fund developments that will benefit all club members whether playing non-playing, senior, youth, mini, male or female.  In addition to general improvements to the general infrastructure of the building, enhancements will include:

  • A new medical facility providing enhanced player welfare across all age groups; and additional treatment rooms and qualified staff that will enable more players to be seen more quickly, as well as giving the ability to treat minis, youth, seniors, male and female players at the same time.
  • A rehabilitation and conditioning gym for faster player recovery from injury, better conditioning of youth and senior players to reduce the potential for injury in the first instance, the capacity to hold separate age group sessions dependent upon ability and safety guidelines.
  • Enhanced accessibility by way of no-step viewing balcony, new entrance and accessible washroom facilities to accommodate less able spectators.

Additional clubhouse enhancements will ensure the clubhouse not only continues to, but also improves upon the facilities that are used by the local community, both Dorking RFC members and to Dorking organisations that host a wide range of events meetings and additional sports, leisure and arts programmes.

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