Venus's love of art can be traced to her enduring love for history and museums. Although her grandfather and step-father were painters she didn't consider them influences
until looking back on how they shaped a basic knowledge and interest of art within her. At age 12, she won first place in a Hallmark Card Company Art competition, But she
credits the major impact towards her career to an art appreciation class she took in college. The class made a profound impression on her about the emotion and symbolism
in art. By the time she entered the University of Texas she was drawn to a career as a curator. The college created a unique degree plan for her to study both Archaeology and
Art History in order to work as a curator in either field. She attended Archaeology Field School where she helped excavate historic Nance Farm Plantation, former home of
Mickey Mantle. She enjoyed archaeology but art drew her interest more and she became interested in painting. Venus's knowledge of art history helped her begin painting, and
soon she began to pursue it full time. In the 18 years she has been painting she's grown from an abstract artist to a skilled realism artist.
Influenced by her grandfather, character actor Rusty Lee, Venus grew up watching him in tv commercials, tv shows Gunsmoke, Father Murphy, High Chaparral, and motion
pictures Raising Arizona, Young Guns II, and the Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. His acting influenced Venus to begin acting in the high school play Arsenic and Old Lace.
Venus later acted in community theater. She sang, danced and acted in musicals Damn Yankees, a Christmas Carol and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She acted in
commercials for Radio Shack and motion pictures Blind Corner, Confessions, Mad Bad, The Mary Kay Movie and Rain starring Faye Dunaway. Venus enjoys acting
occasionally or working as a performance artist.
Venus grew up in a family of musicians. Her grandfather Rusty Lee was not only an actor but also a songwriter and performed across the country and played with stars Loretta
Lynn and Ricky Nelson. Rusty had a radio show with his band Rusty Lee and The Tumbleweeds. The family love of music was natural for Venus and she began playing
clarinet at age 11. She played throughout high school, performing in marching band. Her knowledge of music led to her creation of college artist.com website supporting music
and art at the dawn of social media. Venus promoted local and national musical artists on the site and uploaded songs from the artists. She interviewed local and national
artists and published articles to the website. including All American Rejects, Bowling For Soup. She also helped produce concerts, local music events and promotions with
local musical artists and deejays. Her love for music continued from there when she decided to learn the guitar and drums. She took instruction for 2 years and has been
playing for several years. Venus also performed as an ensemble vocalist in community theater.
Venus is treasured member of her family and community. She has dedicated her life to helping others and rescuing animals. She supports many local charities such as
Venus is a visual and
performance artist and has
sold over 1000 paintings
worldwide. She has worked
with several accomplished
as an actress, singer,
dancer and musician in
commercials and movies.
She especially enjoys
painting as a live
Venus currently works out of Dallas, Texas. Growing up
in an artistic family of artists, actors and musicians, she
developed an early interest in the arts.
Her grandfather, Rusty Lee, was an actor, musician and
painter and a major influence along with her grandmother,
author and song writer, Sallie Ann Clark.
As a child, Venus wrote poetry, was a musician, dancer
and model. She attended the University of Texas as a
Museum Studies Major where she was a dean's list student
studying art history and anthropology.
Although Venus was studying to be a curator, she began
to appreciate art as an emotional experience and
challenged herself to paint, a venture that developed into
a full time career as an artist. Her body of work developed
from raw abstraction to figurative realism. Consistently
creating new work, she uses bold techniques to create
contemporary pieces that feel familiar yet unique. In the 18
years she has been painting she has created over 1000
works. Her paintings have been sold worldwide online, at
art galleries and exhibitions.