Houston Artist Finds Inspiration On The Freeways

You might use all sorts of colorful language to describe your daily commute. The word “pretty’ usually doesn’t make the list. But one local artist sees beauty where the rest of us may just see concrete and tail lights.


Traffic jams and red lights can be frustrating for most Houstonians. But local artist Marie Valdez sees beyond the slowdowns. Her work features subjects like freeway ramps wet with rain and reflected headlights at busy intersections.

Valdez teaches art at Houston Community College’s West Loop Campus. News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter recently met Valdez at the opening of her new exhibition, “The Commuter: Daily Reflections.” Click above to hear our interview with Valdez, where she talks about her creative process and how commuters can find inspiration on the freeways.

Her exhibition is on view at HCC’s West Loop Campus Gallery though October 20.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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