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Rising Stars: Meet Valerie Leuchs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Leuchs. 

Hi Valerie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Although I studied Fine Art in college, I did not paint much until 2017 (16 years after I graduated). When my boys were ages 3 and 1, I started taking drop-in art classes at a community center. I really enjoyed painting again. It was therapeutic and a nice break from the hectic life as a stay-at-home mom.

I posted one of my first paintings on Instagram and an old college friend purchased it. From there I started to paint more and more and sell work to my friends. In March of 2020, we temporarily moved out of New York City and lived with my dad in North Carolina. At that point, I really wanted to focus on building a career as a professional artist. I spent the Spring and Summer creating a body of abstract art to apply to a group art show. I was invited to participate in my first group art show at Liza Pruitt Collective in July of 2020 and it was a success.

I continue to work my hardest to create art that I believe in. I also work to build relationships with other creatives and to grow my Instagram following.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I find that being an artist has ups and downs. Overall, it is going very well. My work has been well received and I am slowly building a successful business.

However, I have definitely struggled along the way. First, I am a social person and love to collaborate so I often find painting to be a little lonely and I get distracted – taking breaks to find an excuse to reach out and connect with others. In addition, when I first started painting, I painted still-lives and they weren’t as popular as my abstract art so it’s been a journey of trying new things. Finally, I have applied to many galleries, reached out to several dozen Interior Designers, and sent many proposals to clients for commissions and only a handful move forward. It can be discouraging at times but then I book a commission with a new client or get to collaborate with an Interior Designer and I just remind myself that I need to stay positive, believe in myself, and keep plugging away. I have to continue to try new things, create art that I believe in and things will continue to move in the right direction.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
The art I create is cheerful but calming and balanced. I have been told by many of my collectors that my art makes them happy every time they walk by it. I am so proud that something that brings me so much joy also brings others joy. And overall, I am proud every time a collector chooses my art to live in their home.

I paint using acrylics and often integrate pencil and pastels onto the canvas. My most recent work is abstract with bright colors and bold shapes. I create abstract paintings and geometric paintings. I bounce between the two styles because one helps me create the other. My process is to add many layers of sheer pigment onto the canvas; I like it when the first layer or raw canvas peeks through in the finished piece.

I draw inspiration from the things I see over the day, like a bouquet of flowers, a print from a dress, or a pocket of colors from a page in Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
I am inspired by Interiors, Fashion, the places I have traveled, the energy in New York City, and the beaches I have visited.

I listen to music on Pandora when I paint.

I often connect with other artists for resources.

Pricing:

  • $250 (8″ x 8) to $2900 (48″ x 48″)

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Image Credits
Valerie Leuchs Fine Art
Sarah Chester Interiors
Thomas Agoglia Photography

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