Valerie Osment – Buzz
Introducing Buzz sponsored by Castle Mall Norwich, designed and painted by Valerie Osment.
Valerie Osment is a Professional Visual Artist whose work includes art commissions for the public and private sectors. With a degree in graphic design & illustration, her work encompasses multiple mediums and visual art forms to create site and purpose specific pieces in 2D and 3D form.
Specialisms in arts education, participatory arts engagement & interpretation work have seen Valerie undertakes numerous high profile public art projects, residencies and commissions for a wide range of clients, thus developing a deserved reputation for her distinctive versatile creativity and illustrative style.
Recent large-scale projects include: Year of the Bus (Wild in Art/Transport for London): Books About Town (Wild in Art/National Literacy Trust); Le Tour de France; The Big Draw; Stand Tall for Giraffes (Wild in Art/Colchester Zoo); The Legacy Games; Essex Cultural Olympiad; Olympic & Paralympic Torch Relays.
Buzz celebrates the beautiful countryside that surrounds Norwich and which is so unmistakably Norfolk.
The dragon ‘stands’ in a field of Norfolk Lavender, the illustration designed to epitomise the rural landscape of the county with its famous ‘Big Skies’, forever-stretching fields, internationally-important wildlife nature reserves & areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Buzz’s bee-friendly ‘honeycomb head’, wings depicting a glorious blue sky with white puffy clouds & art deco styled sun radiating across them & a Swallowtail butterfly on the wing-tip – found only on the Norfolk Broads due to the Milk Parsley plant where it lays its eggs – serve to visually symbolised these elements.
Seen amidst the lavender fields, traditional bee hives with Honey Bees buzzing all around, reflect how the landscape of Norfolk is not only a bountiful source for wildlife but also provides ever-lasting food for the soul.