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The Granddaughter of legendary Author Sallie Ann Clarke and western character actor and musician Rusty Lee, Venus is a
multi-faceted star of The Arts in her own right.
Venus developed a love and appreciation for The Arts at an early age. She began taking ballet at age 4. As early as 8 years old
she was creating poetry and art and on her way to becoming an accomplished musician and dancer, while excelling as an honor
student. At the age of 12 she won her first award for art from the Hallmark Card Company and by 15 was modeling. As a high
school student she excelled in Literature, History, French Language and won first place in a Geometry competition. She helped
her school win awards for music and dance and was one of few to win all blue ribbons for dance at SMU's summer drill team
camp two years in a row.
In college, Venus was a dean's list student and vice-president of a political club. Her college curriculum was centered on
Literature and Creative Writing and it was during this time that she began publishing her poetry in literary journals and began
winning awards for poetry. Her interest in history led her to archeology and museum studies in which she participated in the
archaeological excavation of Nance Farm, historic plantation and former home of baseball legend Mickey Mantle. It was however
an art appreciation class that led her to becoming an artist.
In 2003 Venus expanded her repertoire to include acting. She began acting in Dallas area community theaters in musicals and
progressed as an actress into commercials feature films. Venus also began modeling again, something she considers to be
another art form.
It was in 2005, amidst acting and modeling that Venus turned to what would become her greatest passion...art. Completely self
taught, she has created over 1000 works of art and has sold more than half of them to art collectors around the world. As a
budding artist, Venus has experimented with every style and medium from small scale miniature paintings to large gallery sized
paintings, photography, and assemblage. She takes her inspiration from her travels through life, nature, culture, emotion, and
beauty in ways that create new and unique visual arts.
Venus is involved with a number of charities that are very close to her heart, particularly those that aid women and children,
animals, veterans and active military soldiers. She is an avid reader and collector with scholarly interests that include American,
Russian and British history, American Revolutionary and Civil War history, World War II history, politics, anthropology, and Classic
Literature. She enjoys restoring antiques, learning about other cultures, genealogy, gardening, traveling, fashion, decorating,
cooking, and studies art daily.