I adored my grandmother. She was a very strong woman who loved nature, birds and Emily Dickinson poetry. As an artist, her love of these things has had a great impact on me.
Even though I created this piece several years ago, it still holds a special place in my heart. This snippet of Emily Dickinson poetry included in the work holds true today. In telling our story as women, there may be pain and discomfort, but there is also hope that lives on inside us. It may be muted and pushed down at times, but I believe it is always there in some form. I’ve been asked why I usually only depict women. I would have to say that there is a kindred spirit and strength that ties us all together, and I hope to showcase that in the pieces of art that I create.
Author: Valerie Lorimer
Author Bio: Award-winning artist Valerie Lorimer is from Naperville, Illinois. Her artwork is often described as whimsical, intuitive and spiritual. Valerie creates her artwork on artist paper and panel using a combination of ink, graphite, pastel and
Prismacolor illustrator markers. Valerie has received numerous awards and her artwork has been featured in publications, on book covers, and has several pieces in the Marriott Naperville. “Metamorphosis” was featured in Vision Magazine and “Eye of the Beholder” appears on a Psychology Press book cover. “Psychedelic” was purchased by Random House UK and appears on the book cover “Big Bosoms, Square Jaws,” an autobiography of Russ Meyer. Valerie’s work has been shown throughout the Chicagoland area at various venues. She is a member of the DuPage and Naperville art leagues. “Creativity is what fuels my heart and soul – it is, in a sense, spirit and energy. I cannot imagine a day when I wake up and don’t have the freedom to create.” Her inspiration comes from many places – everyday patterns found in nature, architecture and materials, travel, books and magazines.
Link to social media or website: http://www.valerielorimer.com