A native of Washigton D.C., Valerie developed her interest and passion in printmaking while spending time at the Workshop of printmaker Lou Stovall. Her subsequent studies at Pratt Institute in the 70"s allowed her to gain experience as an intaglio printer in Kathy Caraccio's studio in New York City.

Valerie continued her printmaking education overseas at Atelier 17, in Paris France. Her fifteen years living abroad, coupled with wide travel throughout Europe gave her a fine appreciation of European printmaking traditions. 

She currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City.