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My self-summary
If you've looked at my pics & decide you want to message me... then, EVEN if you don't read the rest of my rather lengthy profile (though that would be a very good idea, too ;) ),
I suggest, at the very least, you read the "You should message me IF" section at the bottom. :)
.... just a friendly suggestion to increase your odds of a reply. :)

(Part of my profile below, is for information-sharing purposes and has links to some of the stuff that I teach about regarding Flow state, and the science behind the healing effects of color and light - so if you're interested in that info, feel free to skip down to the section "What I'm doing with my Life". )


I'm most passionate about having new experiences and constantly learning new things that nurture my personal and emotional/spiritual development and growth, and which in turn, allow me to more effectively help others.

I don't follow any organized religion & consider myself Spiritual, not religious, although the philosophies of Pantheism and Buddhism resonate with me on many levels. I practice Vipassana meditation and also do a meditation of sorts while I'm painting, both of which help keep me grounded and centered. My painting process is not only very enjoyable for me, it's also quite cathartic in many ways.

(Here's a 1 minute video of me painting in Flow State (things get very lively at 25 seconds) in case you're interested in what my painting process looks like (a lot of people have asked if they can come and watch me paint ... since that will never happen, this is the next best thing :) )):

"What Does Flow Look Like? Leanne Venier Painting in Flow State" )

I lived in Florence, Italy for 7 years before moving to Austin and that experience in Italy definitely helped me to further develop my passionate side in other aspects of my life allowing me to fully live in the moment, to love life and to to take time to "stop and smell the roses", so to speak. I've been back to Italy or France many times since returning to the States; these trips back to cultures where life (and food!) is still savored fully, help to keep things in perspective for me. ;-)

I grew up in Ontario, Canada, but have lived primarily in the States & Italy since graduating from university, save a year a few years ago when I moved to British Columbia to complete my acupuncture training and also had a healing practice working with cancer patients.

I typically spend my time in a variety of ways:
- being outdoors (very important and grounding for me - running (several times a week, around town lake), hiking & camping (not as often as I'd like for lack of company), sailing, swimming, etc - horseback riding when I can);
- painting (for work, but I love my job!);
- studying new things; reading; traveling;
- watching foreign & other films - I LOVE an intelligent comedy as well as any film that teaches me something or makes me think about it long after I've left the theater;
- hanging out with good friends; enjoying excellent food and wine;
- finding new places that make the perfect margarita! :))
- listening to all sorts of music - Coltrane, Davis, Haden, Brubeck, Baker, Morgan, Monk, etc.. Gotan Project, Pink Martini, upbeat dance music when I'm painting, Cohen, Waits, Newman & Chuck E. Weiss, Etta James, Billie & Patsy, blues, African & other world music, classical, many Austin musicians (love catching live music at off the wall venues in town); playing the piano ...

... and just enjoying great conversation about a wide variety of topics. I find many people quite fascinating and enjoy learning from them via their life experiences.

I love cooking healthful foods that combine flavors in a unique and imaginative way but I enjoy preparing a meal with another person even more, especially while savoring a fabulous wine from around the world (my favorites are still France & Italy (or anywhere that manages to emulate that wonderful old-world style)). It's much more fun to cook and dine with another person. :)

I'm equally happy experimenting with a new recipe at home or eating out in a nice restaurant or even better, in some as yet undiscovered gem of an eatery or 'healthy-ish' hole in the wall.

Getting dressed up to enjoy some cultural event (opera, theater, dance, etc) can be fun, as can an evening of live music in some funky locale, and I can be equally content other times, staying home, kicking back and watching a great film on DVD with a bowl of popcorn. (BTW, I literally never watch television (ie. network), although I do have one for DVD viewing and Netflix streaming video).

I have a pretty dry sense of humor and a quick wit (a Canadian/British influence thing ;-) ) and love an intelligent man with a great sense of humor who can keep up with the banter. I like to laugh and kid around a lot but can also be serious when the situation warrants.

Speaking of which, I love kids and they, for some reason, have always really liked me ;) ... I've just never wanted any of my own. There are too many other things I've wanted to do with my life besides being a mom.

I'm ultimately interested in finding a partner who shares my sense of adventure in life and who wants a truly intimate connection. I've had two long-term relationships, my most recent lasting 7 years. I'm eventually looking for a man who's passionate about living life to the fullest and appreciating the positive things that are always around us... someone who's interested in learning from each other as well as in personal growth. And having a big brain and a kinky side doesn't hurt, either. There's so much more to life than just plain vanilla. ;)

In the meantime, I'm enjoying meeting a lot of fun and interesting new people.

(BTW, all of my photos have accurate dates on them. And yes, I painted all of the abstract paintings visible in the photos :) )
What I’m doing with my life
This section is LONG - but it's a huge part of who I am & will probably give you a clearer idea of what I'm passionate about.

I'm also including more detail and links in this section since a lot of people who contact me on here are interested in what I'm teaching about. So this section is partly informative about me and partly about sharing this information with others who might be interested.

Ok, ok, for all of you who have been telling me that my profile is entirely too brief, here's a recent nationally syndicated radio interview that I captured on video - from September 2015 where I share "8 Steps to Flow Effortlessly in Life" ;)

Nationally Syndicated Radio Interview -"8 Steps to Flow Effortlessly in Life"

Earlier this year: I was honored to be selected as a speaker for the SXSW 2015 Interactive Conference! It was an amazing experience, the talk went fabulously, and I met a ton of VERY cool innovative people from all over the world! Not to mention all the fantastic talks I was able to attend - including the engineer from Slovakia talking about their new flying car (one of my faves!) ( - expected public launch in 2017), Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Rather, Tim Ferriss, the head of Google[x] and a bunch of other science and biomed speakers! Plus, I saw several really amazing films during SXFilm.

My SXSW Interactive panel was titled: CATALYTIC COLOR: FLOW & THE BALANCED BRAIN BENEFIT and I'm still getting positive feedback about it. yay! :)
Video from the talk will be on my website soon, if you weren't able to attend the conference or my talk and you're interested in the subjects of color, light and Flow state for peak productivity and optimal health.


(see "FOR FUN" section below :) ):

In what now seems like a past life, I used to be a Mechanical Engineer doing design work on submarines for Lockheed... but now, I'm a self-employed full time artist - abstract oil painting, with national & international exhibitions, installations and sales (see to see images of my artwork).

In between the engineering and art, Iived in Italy and then became an acupuncturist and Zen Shiatsu practitioner with my own healing practice, working with cancer patients.

I also spend about half my time doing medical research and teaching medical practitioners and lay people about the science behind the healing effects of color, light frequencies and art.

So yes, I stay very busy - but I really love what I'm doing for a living. The variety and constant learning and sharing keeps me from getting bored. :)



This is a radio interview I did on a nationally syndicated show - other guests on Christine's show have included Gregg Braden, NY Times Bestselling Author, Dr. Joe Dispenza (from What the Bleep) and Gary Zukav (The Dancing Wu Li Masters) among many others:

Nationally Syndicated Radio Interview - The Christine Upchurch Show - Bridging Science & Spirituality

Here's a direct link to the Mp3 online audio track:


For anyone interested in WATCHING a video with me speaking about the science behind the healing effects of color and light, here's a link to my recent Podcast Interview on Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Executive Video Show (the guy who invented Bulletproof coffee, if you've ever heard of that):

Leanne Venier, Supersenses, Biophotonics, Light Spectrum - Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Podcast


I've recently been asked to be a regular contributor to TEXAS MD MAGAZINE. I've had 3 articles published with them in their past 3 issues. (Hard copies of the magazine are on sale at HEB and Whole Foods but here are the free online links:

Leanne Venier's articles in TEXAS MD MAGAZINE

I'm also starting to write my first book on all of the stuff I teach about. Long overdue!


BLOG Interviews
Latest article featuring my work by the international Munsell Color Blog (they interviewed me for this 3 part article series. Here's part One:

Also, some well known professional baseball player has a blog and they've just asked me to be a guest blogger on there, writing about the healing and stress reducing effects of color and light. Haven't had time to do this one yet.



As mentioned above, I also give live lectures, teaching doctors and others about the science behind the Healing Effects of Color, Light Frequencies and Art at major medical centers, conferences including MENSA, consciousness organizations, and elsewhere.

My talk from January 2013 for IONS & INACS (Institute of Noetic Sciences and Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies) is on YouTube (the other videos (including my 2014 talk on my Ayahuasca experiences) are still waiting to be edited - so if you're a video editor and you're interested in trade, contact me! :) )
but this video is a good overall one for starters, so if you're interested in the science behind the healing effects of color, light and art, feel free to check it out:

Color, Consciousness & Healing: The Healing Effects of Color, Light Frequencies & Art - on YouTube


(Watch it in HD for the best resolution! (Scroll down the page, Click on the youtube direct links, then click on the button at the bottom of the screen to change the resolution) :)



Also, this next section on Flow state and Creativity talks about my 2014 workshops.
If you're interested for the future, you can sign up for my mailing list to be notified when I conduct them again.

If you're interested in Flow Training for employees, managers or executives at your place of your business, feel free to contact me directly.

Subscribe to be Notified of my Upcoming Creative Flow Training Sessions


From my emailer:

"...For anyone interested in FLOW state, an optimal state of consciousness where the brain processes data at lightning speeds, where all creative insights, great inventions and scientific breakthroughs come from, and where all of the best music, writing and art is created...
Read on...

You may know this state by other names: runner’s high, being in the zone, being in the groove, etc. Regardless of the name, the experience is the same ... and unforgettable.

In FLOW, our attention is so laser-focused that all else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Time flies. Self vanishes. And all aspects of performance go through the roof.

Technically, FLOW is defined as a peak state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. In the state, as psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (who coined the term “flow”) says, “every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.”

Flow is a thoroughly transformational experience. A considerable pile of research shows that on the other side of the state, we’re more confident, capable and aware. Even better, as was learned from one of the largest psychological studies ever conducted, the people who have the most flow in their lives are the HAPPIEST people on Earth.

In a 10-year McKinsey study, top executives reported being five times more productive in flow (that's 500%). This means, if you spend Monday in flow, you can actually take the rest of the week off and still get more done that your steady-state peers.

Sound appealing? :)

I teach Creative Flow workshops and Corporate Training Sessions on how to quickly and reliably achieve this Flow state whenever you'd like.

If you're interested, you can subscribe at the link above to be notified of my upcoming workshops.

DETAILS, lots of TESTIMONIALS from Flow Training graduates, the scientific research (including links to the McKinsey study & other research) are here:

Leanne Venier's Creative Flow Training"



And now for the other side of my business which you can see in some of my profile photos ...

When I'm not in research or lecture mode, I'm painting in my studio/office.
This is how I spend my days in the 'office' ;)

I call this "Painting the Music"

(Since my hyperlinks don't work on smart phones if you're using the OKC app, here's the

Here's another one - "Painting the Music 2"


If you'd like to see better images of my artwork, feel free to visit my website:


GALLERIES - Austin & Dallas

I have my own gallery in Austin - the LEANNE VENIER gallery - open by appointment for collectors ... and special friends. :)




If you're not in Austin, where I have my own gallery, I often participate in gallery exhibitions with my gallery in Dallas so if you live or travel there, feel free to stop into the LuminArte Gallery in the Design District to check out my work - they've been voted Best Fine Art Gallery in all of North Texas two years in a row - 2013 & 2014.



I notify people of my upcoming exhibitions & lectures via my mailing list:

And via Facebook.... Feel free to friend me on FB if you're on there:

Or connect with me on linkedin:



OK, enough of the work stuff (which for me, is actually a lot of FUN! But I do other stuff for fun, too... some of which are listed here. ;) )

I love being outdoors - hiking, running, camping, etc. or simply sitting outside w/ a beautiful view, sipping a glass of wine or cup of coffee & enjoying a stimulating conversation. I love traveling, great food & wine, reading & music (most genres)

Travel, travel, travel! (as much as running my business allows). Got back from a month in Peru at the earlier this year which ended with a 9 day ayahuasca retreat. Amazing and life-changing experience!

I also completed formal Sommelier training while living in Italy, just for fun & because I love wine. These days, though, I tend to only drink wine when I'm pairing it with good food. It's not really a cocktail beverage for me (other than when I enjoy some amazing bubbly!)

In cocktail situations, I'll lean more towards a good, complex micro-brewery beer or a freshly made real-lime-juice margarita with an amazing high-quality tequila, especially when the hot, summer weather arrives in Austin!
I’m really good at
Pretty much anything I get passionate about learning about... I'm constantly adding to my repertoire of skills :)
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm sure it varies dramatically depending on the setting. ;)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A Few of my Favorite Books (there are many!):
Possibly my all-time favorite novel for learning new, pertinent info and for long lasting emotional effect well after completion, 'A Fine Balance' (Rohinton Mistry) - about the caste system in India & the challenges & suffering that the realistic characters had to endure because of it. I really appreciated the level of understanding it gave me for how much suffering the caste system has caused.

Another favorite novel is 'House of Sand and Fog' (Andre Dubus III) about an Iranian immigrant family in California & a series of errors that end in tragedy.

Currently reading:
Numerous books on the topic of color and light frequencies used for healing purposes & various medical applications, researching and studying the science behind why this healing modality works (I do large scale art & science teaching exhibitions about this topic in major medical centers); Quantum Change Made Easy (Resonance Repatterning); Cymatics by Hans Jenny, Inner Work-Using Dreams & Active Imagination for Personal Growth; Tao of Physics; Yunus' 'Creating a World without Poverty'; Kandinsky's 'Concerning the Spiritual in Art'; Gladwell's Outliers ...

... and my latest favorite book: 'The Nature of Order, An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe: The Luminous Ground by Christopher Alexander (architect, scientist and creator of Pattern Language) - it's all about the need for moving away from mechanistic thinking & putting deeper meaning back into art and architecture since spirit, soul, emotion and feeling have largely been lost from much of what is being produced today.

Favorite hot spots & food:
Parkside, Olivia, Uchiko, Snack Bar (worst name ever for a healthy food restaurant!), Whole Foods, Casa de Luz, great Italian (I've yet to discover this in Austin - if you can recommend anywhere new, let me know!), Saxon Pub, Opa, ...
For travel: Paris, Montana Bitterroot, Caribbean, anywhere in Italy (my former home), Australia, Big Sur, CA, anywhere with beautiful nature. Still to come: Africa, NYC, Egypt, Costa Rica, lately been thinking about visiting numerous places in South America...can't decide!

Favorite things in general:
All these can be even better when shared with a romantic man: An intimate meal with fabulous wine; soulful live music; a perfectly made margarita; when raining: a walk in the woods or sitting outside on a covered porch or staying home, watching a DVD or reading; A roaring fire on a cold night.

Favorite Music :
Love music! See body of My Self Summary text above for details (there's not much I don't like under the right circumstances; my music preferences are directly connected to the mood I'm in at the moment. And my mood is very affected by the music that I'm hearing - I'm not able to tune it out and make it background noise ... which for me, is a good thing! :) ).
Love classical music as well (trained as a classical pianist with the Royal Conservatory from early childhood to teenhood (til I discovered other things that were more fun than practicing the piano every day :) ))

Favorite Films: there's a very long list, but these are just a few of them (in no particular order of preference - loved all of these:

Breaking the Waves - Lars von Trier
The Civilization of Maxwell Bright - Beaird
Dersu Uzala - Kurosawa
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Gondry
Blue - Kieslowski
Faithless - Ullmann
Cool Hand Luke - Rosenberg
Contact - Zemeckis
American Beauty - Mendes
As it is in Heaven - Pollak
Fargo - Cohen Bros.
Tootsie - Pollack
The Lives of Others - Donnersmarck
Mulholland Drive - Lynch
Jagged Edge - Marquand
Magnolia - Anderson
The Secret Life of Words - Coixet
Melvin Goes to Dinner - Odenkirk
My Dinner with Andre - Malle
Forks over Knives (documentary - see above) & Food Matters (another documentary about the healing effects of food)
Imitation Game - Tyldum
Grizzly Man - Herzog
Into the Wild - Penn

Ok, I could go on and on, but you get the idea... :)

Favorite Series (on Netflix & other streaming) -

The Newsroom (awesome writing ... and acting... and concept... and long overdue in this country!)
Game of Thrones (somewhat addictive once you get into it!)
Breaking Bad (love the complex psychology of the protagonist in this one - finale was fabulous!)
Downton Abbey - BBC has some of the best shows
The Fall (another great BBC series)
True Detective
Mad Men (earlier seasons only)
The Masters of Sex (about Masters and Johnson and their groundbreaking study on the nature of human sexuality)
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family (great deadpan deliveries)
Shameless USA - no comment necessary if you've seen it ;)

There are probably more ... but these spring to mind at the moment.
The six things I could never do without
There's nothing I couldn't learn to live without if necessary.

Well, maybe one thing - knowledge. I think I'm addicted to learning new things and having new experiences, regardless of the setting.

(If you're a fellow knowledge/experience seeker (addict) and you enjoy sharing what you've learned, we'll probably get along great. :) ).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
healing the planet by first helping to heal humanity and by getting us back in alignment with the energies of nature, which will result in raising the level of the collective unconscious - yeah, I know, heavy stuff. I think about fun things, too (see above) ;-)
On a typical Friday night I am
out with friends doing any number of things - dining, 'wining', dancing, socializing, listening to live music, brainstorming...

... and almost never on OKC, although many people have told me that I appear as being online on OKC 24 hours a day ... which I realized is simply because I'm too lazy to logout and then log back in! ... instead, I simply close my browser window & apparently, as a result, I appear to never leave my computer ... or OKC... is full of illusions, isn't it? ;)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
not necessary...I'm an open book

...or here's one: I still have 44 messages in my inbox on here that I haven't bothered to read...I skip the ones that are clearly void of content... they usually start and end with something like "Hi, love your pics."

If I see that line in the email summary caption, I often never get around to opening the message. ..see also the "you should message me if..." section for tips on how to bypass my "okc spam filter". ;)
You should message me if
- you're a clever guy with a great sense of humor...

- you've filled out your profile content (no, it doesn't have to be as long as mine :) ) as well as your basic stats (like height) & you have recent pics posted. If you've just gotten on this site, i recommend you wait until you've done this before you bother contacting me. I don't correspond with blank profiles or faceless/body-less entities. :)

- you have something interesting you can teach me (this one is particularly important. And you can be creative here; I like learning new things in all kinds of areas.)

----- you like to have fun, try new things & are always up for new and different experiences ... ;)

- you're interested in and actively engaged in healthy living - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually....

- you've travelled extensively and/or lived in another country...

- you love what you do for a living and you're passionate about it

- vanilla is your least favorite flavor....

- you're capable of an opening email that says more than "Hey!" or "Love your pics, how are you?" (yes, this constitutes about 30% of all the emails I get = automatic deletion ... unless you add something else that is profoundly witty or intelligent. or preferably, both.)

- your opening email has some glimmer of indication that you've actually read at least part of my profile...
... for example, you don't ask me what my name is (it's mentioned numerous times throughout my profile)

Major Bonus Points if you're a fellow entrepreneur. :)
And super quadruple points if you're inspired and driven to doing something, (either through your entrepreneurial endeavors or outside of your work) that will help people and make the world a better place to live (and you're actually taking the initiative to do so). :)