Deane Valentine-Bowers

Seabrook Island, SC

Deane’s mixed media is created from reclaimed, recycled and salvaged materials collected from the streets and beaches of Charleston. Her work reflects that there is much potential in broken, fragmented and abandoned items, especially when joined together with other broken things.  Their interaction with  each other is accomplished through detailed layering in a graphic and interesting medley, highlighted with bold, vibrant colors to create an unusual balance of industry and art.  As an Environmental Folk Artist, Deane finds joy in creating by using any and every material she can find and exploring the rich and possibilities of these ordinary materials.  She feels that her art is about drawing attention to items that otherwise might be invisible to a viewer and promoting the idea of hope, second chances, new beginnings and fresh starts.