Valerie Sobel


I see art and beauty everywhere…always have.  In the vascular structure of leaves, the translucent petals of orchids, the wings of moths, the tiny perfection of the violet that spreads the same fragrance in the spring all over the world. There is no blunder in the color combinations and texture of butterflies or in the design of salt water fish.

The art forms of our ancestors, no matter what region of our planet offer a constant source of incredulity, be it jewelry, architecture, poetry, prose or music. Our Creator often loans a particle of his grandeur to artists, and shares with them for the short incarnation on earth; exalted moments of inspiration and innovation.

My training and pleasure has been interior design. I thought of it as the perfect art form; whereby you are privileged to create the “safe zone” of home that holds our very lives. I thank the many world class mentors I have had. Recently I was surprised with the ability to express through an art form.

Ex Nihilo~ (out of nowhere) my eyes opened to the magic of the assemblage /mixed media. It is an aptitude I am very grateful for, as I can to bring to it my understanding of space, shape, balance, texture and even some drama. The aged wood and gilt of a refined relic, the cool ivory, the metal encrusted embroidery, combine with machine age steel in a surprisingly original way. You turn a bat upside down, and it becomes
the shoe of a courtier. The vantagepoint shifts with every new component, and it is limitless what elements can unite well. When a piece is finished I always envision the room that it would complement.
I keep in mind what Salvador Dali said: “There is no possibility of cheating. It is
either good or bad.“ I find discernment most important. Both the artists and the collector need to experience the WOW factor. I hope that you will judge my work kindly, as it will have gone through my harsh filter by thetime you see a piece.
Striving to evolve will likely be a lifelong occupation, as I yearn to earn a wink
from maestro Dali.