Artist Valerie Wiebe crafts beautifully patterned frames to surround her impressionistic landscapes, adding to the story behind her paintings. Visit her website to enjoy more of her work.
I have always been a creative soul. As a young girl I was constantly crafting, making and imagining new things, completely and totally infatuated with color, pattern and beauty.
I grew up in an area of Saskatchewan that is primarily flat and treeless, surrounded by open sky and vast horizons. However, it wasn’t until recently, perhaps the last five years or so, that I have begun to realize the impact that has had on my life and how I express myself creatively.
I love watching the way the light is continually changing the landscape across the seasons.
I adore all the shifting colors and moods of the sky and the prairie terrain.
My paintings explore those changes, but perhaps even more, they are a reflection of the inner landscape of my thoughts and emotions.
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I use two stances of perspective in my work—looking up and looking down. Both of these postures inspire a paradox—of awe that I get to experience such beauty; and a profound realization of my own insignificance. Both attitudes help me to remain humble and to value my life and the opportunities I have been given. In my painting I discover a spirit of gratitude.
People often comment on the unique borders I create around my painted landscapes. Many love or are intrigued by them, but I have also been told I don’t need those borders, that my landscapes can stand on their own.
They may all be right, and yet I feel a compulsion to keep doing these borders. I think about them as subtext or a footnote to the central image, more information.
They feed my “from childhood” obsession with color, pattern and beauty. They give me a place to play, to try new techniques, and blur the lines between art and craft.
The tagline for my art business is “Where the creative journey is always surprising!” That idea truly describes my process. This art making continues to be a wonderful life journey, with new opportunities at every turn, and joy afresh each morning.
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