Interested in the soulfully expressive and atmospheric, Valerie chooses subject matter that has particular symbolic meaning for her. Often figurative (specializing in portraiture), it also includes landscape and still life. She works in painting, drawing and sculptural mediums (mainly oil, acrylic, mixed media, pastels and clay).
Currently she is involved in an intensive 3½ year personal art project which will culminate in a major exhibition in 2010. Prior to major changes planned for her original homeplace in Dalkey, she is making a study of the predominant influences in her early life – the people, childhood environment etc., using 2D, 3D and photography. She is recording the process in writing and by making a filmed documentary.