Valerie Leri About
Spirituality & Nature
A strong element, throughout my work, is light __" both physical and spiritual __" through a combination of realism and abstraction.
My mission is to capture a sense of spontaneity, tranquility, and/or movement and energy through the interaction of colors and shapes. I paint with oils and acrylics not only on canvas, both other surfaces such as rocks, slate, shells, and such. Some of my work is interwoven with elements from nature such as wood, sand, stones, shells, twigs and manipulated fabric, creating a particular mood and giving the painting three dimensions.
I work more by feeling than technique, letting the painting in a sense ___create itself___ with myself as a ___conduit___ to the visual message. I do not ponder the subject matter thus the end result is more about flow than form. To a limited extent I strive for effect but most often my efforts are toward lifting the veils of illusion to reveal the truth. I center myself and let it happen.
There is no ___right___ way to interpret my art. All of my work is inspired by the need to create exhilaration, inner joy and peace, both for myself and the viewer. Ultimately my art is an invitation ___to dream.___
Valerie Leri grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. After college, she spent six months in bourget du lac, France studying painting under Mr. Henri Jeandet.
Valerie is a member of the Cape Cod Art Association as well as the Falmouth Artists Guild and has had her paintings exhibited in many of their shows. She won an award for her painting ___Ocean Colors___ by the Cape Cod Maritime Art Society and her painting ___Provincetown Beach___ by the Chicago Rehabilitation Institute as well as her painting ___Gathering Storm___ by two artists magazines.
Currently her work can be viewed at four Cape Cod art galleries (Little Island Gallery in Hyannis; Color Obsession Gallery in Mashpee; Jewelry Inspirations Gallery in West Dennis and Hydrangea House Gift Shop & Art Gallery in Dennisport). Her work is also in private collections throughout New England.
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