We had the good fortune of connecting with Valerie Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Valerie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Images have power. As an artist I have a voice. I choose to use that voice to encourage people to see, think, feel and experience their emotions through my paintings. It has been my experience that awareness often replaces ignorance and creates the possibility of change. If you can’t ignore it, then you may feel compelled to change it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work represents an extensive exploration of facets of the human condition and experience. I am fascinated by the psychology in every gesture and the universal within the personal. Being a spiritual humanitarian, my work often gives voice to social and political subjects urging viewers to notice, reflect and confront. Throughout my body of work, children and the elderly represent innocence and vulnerability, black and white backgrounds are highlighted with figures in color symbolizing past and present as well as life and death, ghosts appear between layers of reality and realistic and fantastic images are unexpectedly placed together to create surreal storyscapes. My paintings provoke conversation. I work in a hyper-realistic style so as to present flawless illusions. When I began painting in college, I painted realistic miniatures in oil. As my life circumstances changed and I began a career in art education, I decided to try watercolor due to its almost immediate drying time – which allowed me to carry my work with me wherever I went. I transferred my oil painting techniques into watercolor – glazing and layering color. I vehemently disagree with, the supposition that watercolor is a “lesser” medium. Great art transcends the decorative to make people feel. In so doing, it requires courage. Not everyone appreciates having a visceral experience to a work of art. I have had to develop a tough skin. I create art because I am absolutely compelled to do so. My best art is created when I listen closely to my own inner voice.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in northern New York state. I have visited Dallas but am not very familiar with it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wish to dedicate this shoutout to Renee Phillips of Manhattan Arts International (manhattanarts.com). Based in New York, NY, a leading art capital of the world, Manhattan Arts International has been a leading advocate for under-recognized and accomplished artists from around the world. Their purpose is to promote artists to their large network of galleries, private dealers, art writers, art consultants, curators and art buyers. They provide an online platform for artists to gain exposure and recognition. Renee has been steadfastly featuring and promoting my work for over twenty years. Thank you Renee!