About Barb Lavalley Benton
My work depicts human emotion and experience through the heartbreaking or unexpected moments of reality surrounding grief and its counterpart joy. Difficult life experiences led me to seek healing for my heart and mind through art. Learning to express vulnerable feelings through different mediums taught me a great deal. For example, how it was okay to make mistakes and how to use those mistakes to move forward, or how to let those mistakes go. Art taught me perseverance, awareness, boundaries, and about the importance of connections. I use concept, color, marks and iconography for expression. Mixed media and clay enable me the opportunity to use the uniqueness of each art form to express a concept. Art has become part of the necessary process for me as a human.
I am an artist based in Huntington, WV. I am currently a senior art major in the School of Art and Design, minoring in Psychology at Marshall University. I currently study under Sassa Wilkes as the Mentee at West Edge Factory in Huntington, West Virginia, and work part-time as a Training Consultant for Cabell County Schools. Difficult life experiences led me to seek healing for my heart and mind through art. I am a concept artist who uses mixed media and clay. My works Rachel – A Life Lived and Just Keep Living were included in the National Juried Exhibition, 2022, Marshall University. I am the author of a children’s book for grieving families called, Nothing is Ever Lost. Previous works have been published in Et Cetera, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. My work can currently be viewed at West Edge Factory, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and Chandler’s 4th Avenue, Huntington, WV and work can also be viewed at: https://sandrajreed00.wixsite.com/flightselvage/barb-lavalley-benton
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