Welcome to Valerie Hildebrand Fine Art and Jewelry
I’m a "Multiple Media Artist" which just might mean I haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up, or it may just indicate a penchant for exploring new techniques and media. I’m having way too much fun to settle down to just one medium or technique.
I’ve been fascinated with glass, inspired by batik on paper, and thoroughly captivated by jewelry design and construction. I’ve also been painting in acrylics, studying abstract design, learning the ins and outs of graphic design and digital art, and designing fabric from my batik artwork. I am constantly exploring various mediums and techniques and typically have several projects going at the same time. I’m definitely driven to continue to learn as this seems to be the best way to keep my creative spark alive and my interest level high.
About my work:
I studied Art with a focus on Painting at Towson University in Maryland, but my on-going adventures through the world of art techniques has managed to expand my view way beyond the painting of my university days. There are so many ways to express one’s creativity.
Batik on Paper has been an exciting addition to my art world. I love the element of surprise that comes with working with wax and dyes. The variety of paper that can be used for this technique makes the possibilities virtually endless and if you add in the mixed media techniques the world expands even more. I am a juried member of the Sonoran Arts League with this medium and am currently working very diligently on new pieces for the various shows and exhibits I participate in.
Jewelry caught my interest a few years ago and the vast majority of my jewelry creations are one of a kind. I’m always experimenting with new techniques and materials so my jewelry designs exhibit a wide variety of styles. Some of my favorite techniques include hand knotting, wire wrapping, forging metals and Precious Metal Clay.
Glass was my first step back into the art world after moving to Cave Creek, Arizona and I spent quite a few years working with stained glass and fused glass. I have not done much with this medium recently but the urge to melt something seems to be getting stronger so I will probably be firing up the kiln soon.
Acrylic paint was my first love and it still plays a significant role in my creative endeavors. There are so many new products available that were not around when I started painting so I’ve recently been exploring them, which is adding new dimensions to my painting.
Please Note: Shopping cart functionality is now operational for jewelry purchases. I’m still working on getting Prints on Demand set up and you'll still need to contact me directly if you're interested in any of the Batik on Paper or Glass originals. So do take a look at the Gallery to see what I’ve been working on and if you find something you like you can contact me at VHildebrand@aol.com to see if it's still available.