ArtTour International Artist of the Week
Valerie Ghoussaini exhibits soft hues and delicately detailed depictions in her culturally rich portfolio. Capturing the dreamlike essence of everyday interactions between people, places, and things, she delivers a lively capsule of time on each canvas. Her realistic images display a sense of movement driven by the focus of natural elements in each background, setting the pace for the rest of her subjects.
What is the overall theme of your work?
“I am not working directly on any theme or stylistic manner. I will host a pop-up art show in April, but I usually adhere to a specific theme. This year if its anything it will be about color, I seem to gravitate towards colorful, bright, canvases, and images of movement. Green has played a significant role in those works as well, perhaps its the climate worries that are manifesting their way into my work as green dominates. I won art contests at the local art museum when I was very young, and this encouraged me to continue doing what I loved. One thing, in particular, is that for me, color has always been a passion. I dress colorfully, my homes are colorful, and how I express myself in my artwork has always been influenced by color.”
How has your background influenced your work?
“I am from a large city in the midwest, but we lived on the outskirts in a very conventional, simple life. I grew up in a country-style atmosphere, where I was surrounded by the great outdoors and lots of animals,I was a free spirit who often spent many hours, either illustrating and writing stories that I shared with another friend who also became an artist.”
What are you currently working on?
“I am very involved in local charities and am on the board of the local community art center/museum, which provides many exhibitions and programs for those interested in the arts. I am working on paintings I will exhibit in several shows in the next month or so. Two of them will be for a street event where artists paint while they are located on a particular street in our community. Its called ‘Third on Canvas.’ It is a top-rated event where over 30 artists work from 10-4 pm for two days, painting En Plein Air. The community is encouraged to talk to and visit with the artist while they work. At the end of the week, the paintings will be critiqued in several different categories, as well as put up for auction. All proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit.”