Valerie owes her explosive entry into the arts to the influence of many. Her grandmother Mozelle was the first to see the potential Valerie had for the arts and she was encouraged to be adventuresome. Mentors include Shirley Woodson who provided her own strong vision and direction, as well as Dr. Cleddy Taylor who believed in Valerie's talent and was among the first to show her work. In her early work as a painter she used acrylic's and muted colors to express her view of the world. Once she made the move to a sunnier climate her paintings used brilliant colors along with text, giving the viewer further interaction with her work. Valerie has also used fiber fabrication as one of her many media's and separately used clay (ceramics) as a prominent feature in her work.
Valerie's early lessons at the Birmingham Art Association, Lawrence Technological College, Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State College, Wayne State University, BFA, and Chandler/Gilbert Community College gave her the skills to work in many media including, paint, fiber, performance art, and clay. Valerie is an educator, activist, volunteer, lecturer, storyteller, writer, archivist, muralist, former vice-president of the Michigan's Chapter-National Conference of Artists, given many workshops, and in 1999 produced "Golf For The Arts" as fund-raiser organizer for the NCA. Valerie has participated in many group shows at the National Conference of Artists, been an artist/performer producing "50 Ways To Live Your Child Alive" originally performed in Detroit, Michigan,1995 and again in 2017 at Arizona State University-West, Phoenix, Arizona. She has been an exhibiting artist at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Scottsdale Library Gallery, Estrella Community College, Fine Arts Festival in NY, International Fine Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, the Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Valerie has been the recipient of many awards which includes the ceramic's award by South Mountain Community College as an "Artist of Promise".
Valerie currently publishes an online magazine titled Artists On The Cutting Edge (AOTCE) along with being an exhibiting artist.