Who are you and what do you do?
Barbara Valles: I am a painter. I was born and raised in Spain. My work has evolved over the years into conceptual and dimensional paintings. Some of the paintings come out to become part of the space, or their surroundings. I use unexpected materials in a way that seems almost improvised, but in fact, I follow a rigorous method that has been best described by Lucinda Barnes as a “single stroke” when talking about the wine thumbprints, for example.
How did you get your start?
In the beginning. I don’t remember starting…my parents, teachers and other people say they only remember me drawing, because that is what I did most of the waking time. Art and Art History were always in my life, and as my mom is also an artist and painting teacher, formal training began super early. I started professional Art School when I was 12 years old, and won numerous national Art competitions at a very early age.
What inspires you?
Everyday moments. Light, materials, paint, a work table, the color white, a blank wall.
What do you like about AZ?
The people! I have lived and worked in different countries and US states and I have felt more at home here than in my own country.
People here seem like they are so busy with their lives but in fact, they are so welcoming, and warm. I get a lesson in acceptance on a regular basis, people here are so accepting of others’ views, lifestyles, and respectful of people’s opinions.
Even the Art community, so often tightly closed, I feel that I have a place here in Arizona.
Where can we see you(r) work?
Recently at Walter Art Gallery. I often show in San Francisco at Don Soker Contemporary. Hopefully there will be other opportunities to show my work locally in the next year.
What would you like to accomplish before you die?
As an artist? Recognition.
What is your mantra?