Preschoolers ask an average of 100 questions a day, and this is not to be annoying. Their curiosity drives them to get to the bottom of things. Artist Brittany Verret describes herself as a child continually asking “Why?” or “How does this work?” and “What does this mean?”
“My whole life, as far back as I can remember, I’ve wondered and attempted to tackle various intellectual, spiritual and behavioral questions behind the mechanisms and functions of life,” Verret said. “I discovered my passion for learning at a young age, and my unquenchable curiosity frequently made me the kid who everyone dreaded raising her hand because I asked so many questions.”
This insatiable appetite for answers was often ignored or misunderstood. On the positive side, however, this drove her to do her best academically and personally and to never be condescending to others. Actually, she drove herself to perfectionism, which she describes as both “a blessing and a curse.” The spirituality of her focus made her feel alive and, as a youngster, even led her to want to become a saint.
Even at the age of 27, some of that curiosity revolves around her biological mother. “While I love and appreciate my adoptive parents, Debbie and Terry Verret, I am still curious about who I resemble or whether I have inherited any distinctive behaviors,” Verret said. “It was a closed adoption, and I can only discover parentage if both mother and child want to know about one another.”
The area of her life where she found bliss was in art.
“I remember in second grade picking up a paintbrush and mixing two colors to apply to paper. I was filled with awareness that I could do this,” she said.
Her mother remembers her daughter drawing even as a toddler.
“There are no problems or frustrations when I paint. I establish my own criteria and reach a deep meditative zone with only me and what I am doing. It has never been about the product; rather, it’s about the process,” Verret said.
At the University of New Orleans, where she majored in psychology and fine art, she found both instruction and emotional encouragement. She believes that the passion of art is expressive, personal and past her own ego. She wants people who purchase her work to feel that passion as well.
She is proficient in ink, charcoal and lead drawing; oil and acrylic painting; sculpture and digital graphic arts. “Art has provided me with a great outlet when times are tough and has taught me the value of patience and about the natural evolution of the creative process. Though, I still struggle with the perfectionistic tendencies in both artistic and overall endeavors.”
“Taking a marketing class might have been greatly helpful to me in trying to become a known and salable artist,” she said at the recent Slidell Street Fair. Her works express her awareness of self, emotions, spirituality and situations. In a self-portrait drawing, she represents herself and her interests in gentle pencil blends that combine images seamlessly. She describes her acrylic painting “Pixilation,” which appears as colorful cylinders balanced atop one another over an entire canvas, as covering the duration of a relationship’s beginning and ending.
She reacted to a UNO professor’s pottery in “Jeff Brown’s Pottery.” He currently teaches at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux and was an encouraging force for her art while she attended UNO. Verret also creates rosaries using beads salvaged from one-of-a-kind sources such as a discarded chandelier. “Creativity has been a vital part of my life, and I consider it part of my spiritual practice.”
In her most recent work, “New Beginnings,” she became lost in a combination of an image of a supernova and her own future as a student at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California, this fall. She will pursue her master’s degree in transpersonal psychology with the ultimate desire to “help the suffering public.”
Her works will be showing this summer at the fine dining restaurant Christopher’s on Carey, 2228 Carey St., Slidell.
Art and psychology have offered her joy, understanding of life, explanations of curiosities and a means to help others.
To contact Brittany Verret, email email@example.com.