Valerie is a native Phoenician. She currently divides her time between Bainbridge Island, WA. and her winter home in Scottsdale AZ.
Valerie's creative journey began early - in 5th grade when a teacher showcased her charcoal drawings at a parent teacher open house. She has had extensive exposure in the Art Doll World having been professionally represented at the New York Toy Fair with her fantasy art dolls. It was thirteen years ago when she and her husband began their "snowbird" journey. The art doll industry was slowing down and Valerie needed a more transportable hobby to fill her creative needs. Beading and jewelry making came first, followed closely by watercolors. To this day she considered watercolor to be a very satisfying and challenging medium.
Valerie's most current passion is working in fluid acrylics. This medium has released her from photo realism and has opened up her mind to somewhat abstract art.
Art is a journey and she is loving the journey so far!
See more of her work at valeriewestart.com