I’m Veronica Leigh (V Leigh) Carr, serial creator and oil pastelist with head in the clouds and feet in the forest.
My joy is revealing the extraordinary that is hidden in the ordinary.
Ask The Artist
Where are you from?
I inhabit a beautifully wooded corner of the Missouri Ozarks, USA. It’s a short distance from the growing creative community of Joplin, MO. Born to a secluded family of artists carving an unconventional path through life, I was meant to create and rarely finish a day without doing just that.
What is your academic background?
My father, Robert Neuenschwander, was a world-renowned artist of his time. His love for technical excellence in art, and the outdoors was inspiring to me. My mother, his wife and creative partner, has passed down her zest for life and resilience. Their example and teaching laid the technical groundwork for my art. Life and the great creative masters continue to be my teachers.
What got you creating?
I’ve always had an irrepressible calling to create, whether art, jewelry, clothes or woodcraft. As a teenager, drawing was a retreat for me from family struggles. After my daughter was born in my twenties, I was battling severe Post-Partum Depression and I found hope and renewal in nature, prayer, and art. I used my little bits of quiet time to draw and paint and have never stopped since.
What is your motivation?
Curiosity is a constant driver in my work, especially about the beauty and complexity of nature–witnessing the great work of the original Creator. If my art can inspire curiosity and wonder in others, or help to share a better understanding of the joy and pain that lives within each of us, I have done the work I was put here for.
What art do you create?
I typically create series of related pieces. Some of my favorite artists are illustrators, and much of my work has a storytelling aspect. This is combined with my love of nature–and an occasional dash of hippie-psychedelia.
I’ve worked in everything from watercolor to wood ash, but I especially enjoy oil pastel. A newcomer to the art world, it’s like oil paint in a crayon. It has intense colors and a smooth but sculptural texture. I want to inspire more people to try this versatile medium, there’s nothing quite like it.
What challenges you in your art?
My body has a lot of genetic issues. Each of my physical difficulties becomes a facet of my art. Autism-Spectrum Disorder creates in me a fascination for the small details and unusual patterns of the natural world. My ever-increasing nearsightedness requires that I look closely to take in these details. The painful connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome necessitates a methodical approach with frequent breaks and reflection. And past traumas have given me a glimpse of perspectives that I may not have well understood otherwise.
These things that limit my daily life give depth to my creative experience.
What else do you enjoy?
My little family: husband, daughter, and cat. Long bike rides, forestry, proofreading, paper marbling, steel-drum playing, disaster movies. Naps. Strong coffee and dark beer.
How do I order your artwork?
Prints are available here on Fine Art America:
Several original works are available. To ask about purchasing an original piece, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org