It's always about the poetry of the color.
"In a time where monochrome and monotone seem to be taking over as popular trends, it's refreshing to see such bold colours that instantly pull the viewer in. Her use of colour is exceptional, marrying hues and tones that surprise the viewer every time while simultaneously evoking a feeling of serenity and excitement.
"Valerie’s works remind the viewer of Frank Stella’s bright colors mixed with Motherwell’s abstract figures and brushstrokes.
"One must not mistake Valerie’s works as being made quickly and spontaneously. On the contrary, Valerie’s thought process is reflected through her strong brushstrokes and incredible grasp of color theory."
For me painting is color poetry. We say something "speaks to" us when we are drawn into it. Mysterious and delightful, this sensing, feeling something from the colors, shapes and gestures is it's conversation with us.
Each painting is for me unknown before I begin. If I think I know how it will go, I am invariably mistaken as the poem, or fragment of a poem, is excavated. The scratchings, the smoothings, the gestures, the scribbles bit by bit reveal something new. That is the fun part. The discovery, the unearthing ... an interesting word that, for something uncovered, brought to light.
Collectors often ask me what influenced me or why I chose a title for a painting. The answer is I often don't know. When I paint I am responding to colors and shapes, how the paint surface looks, whether the places where colors meet pleases. I may have transient thoughts while painting, where some fragment feels like something, but it's often like a dream, hard to descipher when I come out if the dreamscape of painting. Often a title will present itself, like a fragment of a poem with a larger story, but amorphous still, and open to contemplation. Looking back on a painting once it seems to have coalesced, I often have a sense of a scene, with activity, but it remains tantalizingly elusive.
I graduated from St. Andrews University, lived in Germany, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Russia, graduated in textile design from FIT, New York and, spent several years studying painting at The Art Student's League in New York before moving to the west coast and settling in Oregon.
I have exhibited on the east and west coast of the U.S. My last solo show was Critic's Choice in Portland, Oregon, USA. I was the winner of the Liquitex International competition cosponsored by ArtFinder, with the triptych The Wonder Of Days II chosen from entries by artists and galleries in 37 countries.
My work is held in collections worldwide including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Turkey, Croatia, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France and throughout the United States.