Experiencing bright colors, customs, and a wide range of cultures all around her while growing-up in the tropics, her art has bright unexpected and unusual color combinations. Current inspirations are derived from her rural Northwest life, including sports, wildlife, figure drawing and landscapes. She is called to the canvas with a goal, “To produce art that inspires a feeling that will walk-away-with-you after your encounter. ”
The majority of Valerie's work is in portraiture, illustration, and graphic design layout for books and other publications. Storyboarding for books, presentations and movies has been a recent venue that has been quite enjoyable. Due to non-disclosure agreements not many of these images are available to share on this site. Other venues such as airbrush and murals are also part of her repertoire. For color images she uses oils, watercolors, or acrylics; for black and white using pen&ink, pencil, chaulk and charcoal utilizing a surreal representational style that is typically very colorful with dramatic lighting. Check out the Images link at the bottom of the page.