Valerie started her education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale aspiring to become a pilot. After finishing core curriculum classes she found herself in metal smithing and glass blowing classes. Always a general artist proficient at everything she tried, she finally found mediums that allowed her to use her hands to create objects which motivated her to do what she does best, Art. Valerie took a year to study abroad in Bregenz, Austria one of many of SIU's study abroad programs. Once she returned to rural Southern Illinois every thing changed. It wasn't just the location of the school she attended, it was where she grew up and being home amongst the corn fields caused her much angst after being exposed to many European Cultures. She hastily moved to the state of Florida where she finished her BFA at Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in Photography. Soon after graduation she moved to Southern New Jersey. Soon she found Rowan University in Glasboro, NJ., which is were German settlers chose to call home bringing their glass blowing skills with them. At Rowan she studied additional hot glass techniques such as fusing, slumping, casting, and inclusions. Again Valerie found herself moving, this time to be close to family. For quite some time she didn't know what great glass blowing resources were just around the corner in the new town she calls home. Wanting to be a forever student, just like her friend who coached wheelchair basket ball at SIUC who was working on his 7th degree, she looked into the local resources and found Jacksonville University. She applied for undergrad glass blowing, but got an unusual call from adult admissions. She took the meeting and by the end her application was put in the MFA category for portfolio review and possible acceptance. Excited that she was called on to be one of only 10 students accepted to the MFA program she jumped right into student life once more.
During her education and the time spend between institutions, Valerie has had images published in several magazines as well as private and public gallery shows. She spent several months teaching basic fusing techniques to young teens during summer breaks And her personal glass work has been sold a several art fairs and is sold in NJ exclusively through Creative Genius. Currently all hot glass work is done by commission.