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Valerie Debrule

Painting, Encaustic, Ceramics, Mixed Media

Artist's Statement

Prang, Ticonderoga, Crayola were my materials the first several years, with paper, cardboard and no instruction or rules (exception: no tracing). A box of 110 Crayons held so much promise. Behold the Gold! (which rarely delivered what it promised). As a child I was scribbling storylines from songs, radio programs or my head; at a later time I expected I would illustrate books.  The advertising world, however, seemed to pay the rent after college and "creativity under pressure" was the  challenge.

Narratives still find a way into my art work. Subject matter is varied and eclectic, often reflecting special studies or 45 years of world travel. Colonial history, Black Madonnas, Neolithic and sacred sites have been past themes. Women's history, locally and globally, has also been a frequent subject. I remain passionate about the architectural and historical heritage of Newport and in 1995 founded a group to commemorate the historical figure Anne Hutchinson with a memorial in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. At times, color or line can be its own pleasure and struggle.

Anne Hutchinson on Trial

Wild Thing
4' x 6'

Bhutan Dancers
4' x 4'

Likes Living at Home

Here Kitty Kitty

This artist also seeks humor where I can find it. Exhibitions featuring family dynamics: Likes Living at Home - show on High School life and satirical themes; Some Left Laughing - on humor;  Monkey Work - featuring corporate monkeys; and cartoonery - Elvis Valentine Collection. Multi-media work Vox Feminae: Visions of the Divine Feminine; Baby, It's Cold Outside: Antarctica Icebergs; and Wild Things: color and beauty in the world were influenced by travel.

I am not sure artists like me ever stop learning, gathering, unlearning, learning. . .but the pleasure and frustration of the early years with Prang, Ticonderoga, and Crayola have become a touchstone.

La Cubana Cigar

The Hindu That We Do

Valerie Debrule
Cherry Creek Studio
Newport, RI
Media: Canvas or works on paper using acrylic, print-making or encaustic; claywork

  • Lived in Newport, RI since 1984
  • Exhibited with DeBlois Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island since 1995 as a full member 
  • BA in English and Art from University of Memphis
  • Studied at Memphis Academy of Arts
  • Pasadena City College, UCLA- advertising art studies
  • Worked in advertising in Memphis, TN and Los Angeles, CA
  • Docent at North Carolina Museum of Art and Newport Art Museum
  • Summer tour guide on Colonial Newport for 4 years for Newport Historical Society
  • Current study is with open studio groups and workshops
  • Exhibitions:
  • Yearly group or two-person shows at DeBlois Gallery
  • Member of the Art League of Rhode Island
  • Juried shows:
  • Providence Art Club
  • South County Art Association
  • Members' Show at Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
  • International Global Art Show

The Green Man: Eight Variations