Valerie graduated fromDuncan of Jordanston College of Art and Design, in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting, and her distinctive figurative work has since attracted considerable interest.
"I am influenced by the dramatic and powerful effects of light on face or figure. There is something mysterious and mystical about the figure emerging from, or ...sinking into the shadows. In chiaroscuro painting, the eye follows the light. The light gives a picture its flow. It takes the eye from one place to another and the shadows give structure to the painting."