Valerie graduated in the late seventies with a BA (Hons) in ceramics with fine art as a supporting study. She went on to teach art for twenty years before moving to Gwynedd from her native East Anglia. Since moving to Wales, Valerie has thrived as a painter in her new landscape. Valerie is also chair of the Meirionnydd Artists Society, which has recently celebrated 60 years of local arts.
For the Slate and Stone series, Valerie has been inspired by local scenes in and around her home village of Friog, the shore of Fairbourne and the slate quarry in the hills above her house. They are about what she loves about living in such a rural spot, rather wild, full of history and often very secluded. She has looked at the whole view as well as focussing on small snippets that evoke a mood that resonates. A new technique has also been explored, using the combination of water-soluble pencil and gouache, which has been key to evoking the patterns and textures being observed. A moment in time, the magic of light, a touch of inspiration and a feeling of peace.