Creativity Sundays: Brunch with Valerie Rich

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Our table is set with mimosas, steak, eggs, fried potatoes, fresh fruit, and homemade biscuits. We have some soul music playing in the background. 

Valerie Rich is a visual artist and author. Her work has been featured in two galleries. She has words everywhere. Words in her art. Words that are actual art. Words for inspiration. 

 

What is on your table for brunch?

On my table for brunch is a three-panel mixed media collage piece: Words Have Power

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Describe yourself.

I am known as Val. I am an author and Artist. I am a soft spoken compassionate person. My passion and purpose are to inspire others through art and other creative processes. I am married and mother of three.

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What is your creative mission?

My creative passion is to create beautiful things that make people smile and to encourage them be creative. Art frees the mind and warms the soul.

 

What is your primary form of creative expression?

My primary form of expression is acrylic painting and mixed media.

 

When did you first discover your love or passion for this form?

I discovered my Love of art in 2012.

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What are your secondary forms of creative expression?

I love everything creative sewing, crochet, knitting…

 

How did you discover these?

I was always crafty growing up we learned a lot in girl scouts. I  discovered art by joining a year-long art journal class and it grew from there.

 

Have you had any formal training?

I do not have any formal training. I have taken some online classes and workshops.

 

Do you think formal training is necessary?

Passion creates its self you just need a desire to create something.

 

How do you deal with creative blocks?

When I have a creative block, I just step away go do something else.  

Check out art videos

Pin things to Pinterest

Start something new and come back to that.

 

Tell us a little about your creative process.

My process- I am very visual everything has the potential to be a piece of art . Pretty much my art just happens.

 

Tell us about one of your projects.

Ladies are in most of my pieces I have a series of girls (Be Passionate Be Brave) also ladies with head wraps and my first Lady, Lady Love series of four paintings.

 

 

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What motivates you? How do you stay motivated?

Art is my form of therapy. My last counselor told me I didn’t need to be there. She said go find a hobby, join a group or something. I started Lifebook 2012 (an art journal project) and have been doing art ever since.

 

Describe your creative space. What type of environment works best for you?

I have my own space at home. It is like a mini gallery of my work people love to come and create here. I encourage art  session  by appointment.

 

How do you practice self-care and self-love as a creative?

I practice self-care bu quiet time in the studio… sometimes all day.

 

What words of inspiration do you have for new or struggling creatives?

Art can be a great place to release your pain, fears and free yourself from worries for the moment.

 

What is your favorite food?

Steak

 

What is your favorite quote?

“The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” -Unknown

 

 

Where can people find you and your work? (social media links and event information)

www.Artxscape.com

https://www.facebook.com/Painted-Imagery

https://www.facebook.com/Visual-Inspirations

Instagram: Valyrich

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