Valerie has loved drawing, painting and making art since she was a child. She studied Art at Houston Community College and the University of Houston where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and a Master of Curriculum & Instruction in Art Education. She studied Art in Italy which was a dream come true and she taught in Mexico and Texas. She loved teaching but missed having time to make art. She’s now a mother and full-time artist and lives in Austin, Texas. She spends as much as time as she can exploring the Texas Hill Country with her family, walking through cool creeks, looking for magnificent oaks, and finding inspiration for her art. She tries to make beautiful art that explores the strength and vulnerability of nature and humanity.