Fast forward 15 years later, Valerie Lynn is the mother of two autistic sons who she has raised to be exceptional young people when others told her it was impossible. Her creative spirit of love and light bring a constant hope to the world she created for herself and her kids. Her designs are a testament to her skill at the meticulous art of “crystal enhancements” which quickly set her apart in the creation of one-of-a-kind, museum-quality masterpieces that have caught the eye of celebrities, sports fanatics and musicians alike.
VALERIE LYNN BIO
Valerie Lynn hails from California and now resides in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada.
Growing up near the Coast of Southern California with a love for the ocean, horses and the beauty of the outdoors she discovered her love for crystal design quite by accident.
Surviving an unstable and at times abusive household, Valerie was later diagnosed with PTSD, acute anxiety and depression. As a coping mechanism, Valerie found her inner peace in creating artwork that took her fear and negative emotions away. She created an outlet to gain back control of her life after losing most of her family to drug and alcohol addiction. “It saved my life and gave me something that made me feel accepted, and I love that I can share it with the world”. Seeing the beauty of crystal design, and the positive attention she received from it, accelerated her craft to a level beyond expectations. Finding solace in designing and creating, she never stopped.
Fast forward 15 years later, Valerie Lynn is the mother of two autistic sons who she has raised to be exceptional young people when others told her it was impossible. Her creative spirit of love and light bring a constant hope to the world she created for herself and her kids. Her designs are a testament to her skill at the meticulous art of “crystal enhancements” which quickly set her apart in the creation of one-of-a-kind, museum-quality masterpieces that have caught the eye of celebrities, sports fanatics and musicians alike. Valerie Lynn has been commissioned for pieces she has completed beyond the expectations of her famous clients. When asked how she does her work so perfectly, her response is both simple, and elegant. “I look at pieces for hours in my head until I see the exact pattern of shape, design and colors in a perfectly clear finished way”. The finished product shows a flawless grid of placement, spacing and artistic design, not seen anywhere else in the world.
Each of her limited-edition creations is adorned with the incomparable Swarovski Crystals, creating a symphony of brilliance and light that captures the imagination of the beholder. Some of her pieces are composed of nearly 13,000 hand-placed crystals!
Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.
Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.
Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.