Get to know Valerie Watson, an artist instrumental in developing the arts district.
How did you discover the medium you currently work in?
I discovered my medium by taking art classes in high school.
How do you define "artist"?
An artist is a person who practices a creative form of expression.
How did you discover the Gateway Arts District?
My visual art specialist job at M-NCPPC included working on the early development of the arts district, attracting artists as tenants, producing art programs for local artists and children, managing and equipping the Brentwood Art Center, now named the Brentwood Arts Exchange
at the Gateway Arts Center.
If you could give your younger self a piece of advice about being an artist, what would it be?
I advise that all artists accept that art making is a form of self flagellation.
What drives you?
My "drive"? -Getting great results.
What is your greatest challenge as an artist?
My greatest challenge is justifying my art expenses.
What are you working on right now?
Right now, I am thinking to create my self-portrait
Valerie Watson 205 - A,
39th Street Gallery and Studios
3901 Rhode Island Ave Brentwood MD 20722
"Make time for art. There are a thousand other things happening in your life, but art is important to you, so make time for it."
May 12, 2016
"If I call myself an artist, I have to prove it and create dialogues that invite investigation."
April 27, 2016
"I think of the word 'art' similarly to the word 'natural', often used yet the definition will go on indefinitely."