After a deeply painful and life changing event in my life, I have struggled to return to the nourishment of my creative core. In the last few months I have managed to return to the studio and dip back into my past as an art therapist. My painting has become a path to emotional healing. In these works I visit the unknown, the unexpected and the dreams in an intuitive and fluid outpouring of self-expression.
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After graduating from Croydon College of Art, Valerie spent a year in Sweden working in the design studios of a ceramic factory. Following this, she moved to Paris for four years to paint, and to work for a publishing House specialising in facsimiles of William Blake.
In 1976, having gained a post graduate qualification as an art therapist, Valerie began twelve years working in psychiatric hospitals and therapeutic centres as an art therapist. After moving to Suffolk with two small children, Valerie set up her own business making painted folding screens to commission.
In recent years, a fascination for experimental printmaking, collage and layered mixed media has taken her in a new direction, to a more experimental and abstract way of working.
Altered Spaces, Peter Pears Gallery Aldeburgh. An exhibition of painting, prints and sculpture, shared with Jennifer Hall, Heather Hodgson and Annabel Ridley
Explosion of the Palette, The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe. An exhibition of paintings and ceramic sculpture shared with Kate Reynolds and Stephanie Stow
Artistes du Village, Marie Village, Alpes Maritimes, France
From the Model, Life drawing group exhibition. Rendlesham, Suffolk
Arlingtons Brassery, Ipswich. Group Exhibition
Dignity, solo exhibition of photographic portraits from India. Aldeburgh
Elseys Gallery, Bury St Edmunds. Small group exhibition
Snape Maltings Concert Gallery, Centenary Exhibition by Sudbourne printmakers inspired by the life & music of Benjamin Britten
On the Wall, solo exhibition at ReNew Gallery, Woodbridge
Interlude, Apex Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
Moving Closer, solo exhibition, St Johns College Gallery, Oxford. Exhibition of photographic portraits in India. In collaboration with Save a Child UK
The Folding Screen, by Charles Hemming & Mark Aldbrook
Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945, by David Buckman, published 2006
How Artists see People, Green Pebble Publication
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