Valerie Leri   |  USA

 
 
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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 abstraction.

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 Those it is outdated, you can still navigate around the website.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.
 

 

 

 

 
 

    1.Ocean 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.  6.Winter Barn, 2018 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 24x18 in.   7.Field of Trees, 2017 Expressionism, oil on canvas 20x16 in.  8.Morning in Tuscany, 2017 Impressionism, oil on canvas 22x31 in.  9.In Like A Lion, 2016 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 24x18 in.  10.Memories of Prague, 2017 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 28x22 in.  11.Autumnís Bounty, 2016 Expressionism, oil on canvas 26x32 in.  12.European Cafť, 2016 oil on canvas 8x10 in.,US$ 225  13.Sailing Under Lavender Skies, 2018 Expressionism, oil on canvas 8x10 in. 14.Sun and Sand, 2017 Expressionism, oil on canvas 18x24 in. 15.Red City, 2017 Abstract Expressionism, oil on canvas 8x10 in.  16.Sojourn into spring, 2016 Expressionism, oil on canvas 20x16 in.

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Education:
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.

Events:
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.

Exhibitions:
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 for you.