About

Short Bio

Valerie Dowdy is a seasoned, visual artist, currently living in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains. She creates acrylic paintings in a surrealistic styli

Statement

Salvador Dali once said to “have no fear of perfection-we will never reach it.” Once I allowed myself to live with my own imperfections, I truly began to create and evolve as an artist. In my  paintings, I attempt to dissect the responses to culture, status, gender, environment, race, and religion. Not only as they affect me, but also collectively, as a female, and a part of a community. I incorporate symbolism, juxtaposed within nature, to convey these perceptions and experiences onto a canvas.

Biography

Valerie Dowdy is a seasoned, visual artist, currently living in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains. She creates acrylic paintings in a surrealistic stylism. Valerie uses objects, unexpected juxtapositions, and symbolism to tell her stories.

Valerie’s art influences are largely endemic to place, thoughts, and relationships with family and community. She is especially drawn to matters regarding status, ‘rules’ and behavioral expectations. Valerie likes to compare and contrast the effects of our cultural influences and how they are defined by beliefs, traits, race, religion, politics, environment, gender and age using symbolism. 

In between painting she creates a weekly comic that Valerie refers to as her wine loving, alter ego, Sassy Wine Chick.  She also hand & eco dyes silk scarves.