No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
- Ingmar Bergman

June 10, 2013

The Talent Pool Corner: Valerie Keane Decorative Arts

I feel very fortunate to live in a city that abounds in artistic talent.  Inspiration presents itself no matter where you turn.  Such is the case with artist Valerie Keane's work.  She masterfully hand crafts beautiful works of glass decoupage.  From paperweights to plates to bowls, these pieces will bring to life any room in your home or apartment.

Her work is somewhat playful, light in spirit, and contains a palette of many images and colors  -- from animals to flowers to mermaids to images of men and women that lived centuries long ago.   

She draws her inspiration from the traditional techniques perfected over the centuries with its origins
dating to the 12th century.  She combines these time honored steps with a modern technique of applying her designs to glass.  The result is a highly unique piece that is a wonderful combination of art that is hauntingly traditional yet with an inspiring modern flare. 

As Valerie says "I strive to create work that is not only exquisite, but celebrates the moments when we take the time to savor and contemplate beauty itself."

Valerie has traveled worldwide in search of the perfect images for her pieces.  She applies gilding or uses carefully selected handmade papers to serve as a background for each piece.  Then, she incorporates the traditional technique of finishing each piece with 25 to 35 layers of varnish.  One piece can take about 5-6 weeks to complete.

Her extensive training includes studying art history and architecture in Italy; art, sculpture and decorative painting in New York, and drawing in Costa Rica. She most recently has studied decoupage on glass with leading artists Jill Barnes-Dacey in Rome, Kaaren Lewis in New York as well as traditional mosaics with Luciana Noturni in Ravenna. 

You can see more of her work at:


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    1. Thank you....I want to write about more artists that are creating emotionally engaging work.

  2. Beautiful, interesting, and unique work by a superb artista!

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