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 was born and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts.
After high school, she spent six months in Bourget du lac,
France studying painting under Mr. Henri Jeandet.
She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from
the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
She has since had her work in two New Haven,
Connecticut gallery exhibitions where she sold seven
of her paintings, as well as having her paintings
in exhibitions at the Cape Cod Art Association and the
Falmouth Artists Guild.
Valerie is a member of both the Cape Cod Art Association and
Falmouth Artists Guild and has some of her paintings in the
Boat Meadow Gallery in Dennis, MA , Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis, MA and Jewely Inspirations
Gift Shop and Art Gallery in West Dennis, MA as well as in private collections
throughout New Haven, Connecticut and Cape Cod. She has recently
won an award for her painting, Ocean Colors, from the Cape Cod
Maritime Art Society. She has also won 3rd place award for her painting "Gathering Storm" from Art
Slant, and awards and recognition for outstanding work from several other online galleries.
She has been painting for over thirty years.