Many years ago I started out on a career as a medical laboratory technician and enjoyed the challenges of cutting edge clinical research for some years.
Since then, I’ve spent over 40 years painting architecture and landscapes in watercolours and more recently in oils.
I’ve been very fortunate in having numerous exhibitions in England, as well as in Tokyo and Cape Town. I’ve also illustrated a number of books, including ‘Oxford Words and Watercolours’; ‘Consider England’; a Visitor’s Book for the National Trust and numerous historical and guide books for Pitkin and other publishers.
I also worked with a team on the frescos in Waterperry house and taught landscape painting at Art in Action for many years. Then I completed a commission by HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak for over 70 watercolours of Worcester College.
Most recently I’ve started sculpting the figure in clay which I’m loving, and also attempting some portraiture in oils – at a certain age it’s a delight to be venturing into new media and fresh subject matter and to be re-discovering something of a child’s love of creativity, free from reputation and expectation!
Valerie is happy to accept commissions.