A native of Eunice, Louisiana artist Vivian Broussard holds a degree in Art Education from USL (UL-Laf). Currently working in acrylics, her work is inspired by a love of nature and symbolism. The mind’s eye is the genesis of imagery. Vivian intuitively layers color and constructs forms inspired from observations of the world around her. She describes her art as an “attempt to emulate an interior experience, a feeling I get from observation of land around me or from contemplating Spirit.”
Aside from self inspired pieces, Vivian has painted at the request of local charities and commissions. She has also taught private group lessons.
Who makes up your art circle?
My art circle is made up of all of my creative friends here at Basin Arts and people I’ve met throughout life that share in creating not only paintings, but other levels like jewelry designer Christie Gunter of China Baroque. My art bestie/big sister Haidee DeRouen is my go to person I always refer to for all matters painting. And Hannah Gumbo and Amelia Vidrine Smith are also in the mix to talk art and ideas. And by default, Dirk Guidry because I’m lucky enough to have a studio space adjacent to his.
How do you expand your art circle?
My art circle has expanded with each “risk” or new experience I get into like showing work at an art market, or submitting work for feedback in a critique. Also, joining online art communities, participating in online workshops has opened my circle to people all over the globe. I’ve made great art friends through saying yes, to illustrating a children’s book or accepting a commissions for paintings. All of those people who support and encourage my creativity, are part of my growing art circle.
What value do you see in having a creative community?
The value of having a creative circle for me is the conversations about the things that perhaps other people do not notice or don’t notice in the way that an artist or a creative type person would. One of the richest parts of life for me is connecting to others through discussing the how, why and what of motivating creativity. Talking process with other artists is validating. There’s value in learning what particular materials work or don’t work or discovering new sources for materials or opportunities for artists.
How does your artistic approach contribute to your community?
My artistic approach, primarily painting, offers a visual recording of our visual landscape & culture-scape. I also use my background as an art teacher to give lessons on occasion to various community groups. For example, donation of my paintings to various auctions to benefit the arts & supporting our regional culture through creating an image for local festivals.