About Valerie Leri
I graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of
Fine Arts in 1982. I have been painting ever since. I have always
wanted to live on Cape Cod, having taken frequent vacations here in
the summers growing up. I have been living here for 15 years now
which is a fabulous environment for a visual artist. When I'm not
painting, I enjoy taking walks with my two dogs on the various
trails, woods and beaches.
Though I am a professional artist, I do documentary transcription
part-time as well. Being on Cape Cod inspires me to create paintings
that are uplifting to me and hopefully to the viewer as well. To
this end, I am drawn to working with bright, bold colors or soft
pastels. Though I've worked with oils and watercolors, my favorite
medium is acrylic paints and the majority of my paintings are with
that medium. A strong element throughout my work is light - both
physically and spiritually - through a combination of realism and
My mission is to capture a sense of spontaneity and tranquility or
movement, energy and exhilaration through the interaction of colors
and shapes. Some of my newer paintings are interwoven with elements
of nature such as sand, bark, stones and shells to give the painting
a 3D appearance. I like to work more by feeling than technique,
letting the painting in a sense "create itself"Ě with myself as the
conduit to the visual message. So it is therefore more about flow
than form. There is no right way to interpret my art. My hope is
that it is uplifting for the viewer. Ultimately my art is an
invitation "to dream."Ě
I have won awards for some of my paintings, one being Gathering
Storm, another being Morning in Tuscany and another being
Provincetown Beach (all over which are sold but are on this website)
among others. If you want to see a greater list of my affiliations,
exhibitions and awards, you can visit my website, rtartworks.com.
Those it is outdated, you can still navigate around the website. I
am a member of many of the arts organizations on Cape Cod.
Spray, 2018 Expressionism, oil on canvas 12x16 in.
2.Sailboats in Harbor, 2018 Abstract
Expressionism, oil on canvas 8x10 in.
3.At Play on a Rainy Day, 2018 Abstract
Expressionism, oil on canvas 8x10 in.
4.Autumn Moon, 2017 Expressionism, oil on canvas 16x20 in.
5.Cape Cod Beach Path, 2016
Expressionism, oil on canvas 18x24 in.
Barn, 2018 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 24x18 in.
of Trees, 2017 Expressionism, oil on canvas 20x16 in.
in Tuscany, 2017 Impressionism, oil on canvas 22x31 in.
Like A Lion, 2016 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 24x18 in.
of Prague, 2017 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 28x22 in.
Bounty, 2016 Expressionism, oil on canvas 26x32 in. 12.European
Cafť, 2016 oil on canvas 8x10 in.,US$ 225
Under Lavender Skies, 2018 Expressionism, oil on canvas 8x10 in.
and Sand, 2017 Expressionism, oil on canvas 18x24 in. 15.Red
City, 2017 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 8x10 in.
into spring, 2016 Expressionism, oil on canvas 20x16 in.
I graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Fine
Arts degree in 1982.
I have taken various classes from Cape Cod Art Association, Falmouth Art
Association and others on Cape Cod.
I try to participate in many of the art shows in New England year-round. I'm
in the process of having upcoming events. I had a solo exhibition of my work
at the Maser Gallery in Falmouth, MA earlier this year. There was a sizable
turnout and the event was a big success.
Various galleries on Cape Cod, such as the Artful Hand Gallery in Sandwich,
MA and galleries in New Haven, CT. I feel very fortunate to have had an
opportunity to be on the cover of Cape Cod Home Magazine with my paintings
and an interview within its covers. This interview and photographs of some
of my work generated a lot of attention with the outcome being several
paintings (and painting earrings I make) sold and additional followers of my
work. Two of the paintings displayed in the magazine are "Morning in
Tuscany" and "In Like A Lion." These paintings were received so positively
that, in the case of In Like A Lion, I made a couple much larger ones (18" x
24"). I sold one of the larger ones but the other one is on this site, as
well as Morning in Tuscany painting (which won an award with an online
gallery). If you wish to receive a copy of the magazine with interview and
featured painting or just the article, please let me know and I can get one