Friday, October 14, 2016

Artist Profile: Valerie C. White

Valerie C. White
Denver, Colorado

1. How do you describe yourself?   I think of myself as a serious mixed media artist, I feel my best work is still ahead of me... 
2. What is your creative process? I like to begin with a basic idea often motivated by a walk , a museum visit , travel, or pushing an existing idea...Then on to the next step of sketching and recording those preliminary ideas which includes color considerations. Eventually,I find a palette that satisfies and expresses the idea. 
3. Describe your studio space A sanctuary is the best way to describe my studio space. It's peaceful... I have continued to tweak the space and it seems to get better . I do wish I had room for an additional table for wet work. What I find works best for my creative spirit is good organization, sounds like a no brainier, but it's so much nicer to be able to put your hands on a tool immediately rather than wasting time looking.
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts? I have spent a lot of time discovering my voice... early on I was attracted to the newest gadgets and and all related textile supplies/ stuff. Finally, I realized that I needed to acquire some real skills in the a media that I found best expressed my work..Not to say you cant find new ways of expressing the work but its hard when you are all over the board. Finding your passion and sticking with it ensures good work.
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do? I have been very fortunate, I have had my work exhibited all over the world. However there are still a few venues that I would like to exhibit.
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal? Yes, I love the idea of keeping a sketch book, having a place to record thoughts and new idea, that can be reviews and documented provides a nice launching pad for later work.
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects? I haven't done any collaborative projects However, I do enjoy exhibiting with small groups when there is a theme that interests me.
8. Do you teach?  Yes, this past year has been very busy for me I provided classes and lectures across the country.... I haven't committed to teaching for 2017
9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?  I'm currently preparing for a solo exhibit in San Diego, California at The Visions Art Museum, January 2016. In addition to participating in a special exhibit to celebrate Bishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Lea  October, 2016 in Cape Town, South African, in conjunction with Michigan University.    
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is my second exhibit in an Dinner@8 exhibit.It is an honor to have my work exhibited with the Dinner@8 artist.
Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us? I didn't have the pleasure of meeting her but it was her work that always made me smile... I felt her work spoke volume's about her fun personality.
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