My Work

My Artwork is a response to elements of the natural world. Impressions are conveyed to paper and canvas with a candid spirit. Art and Soul are fused by explorations in painting and printmaking. 


My art melds the beauty of the landscape, the vitality of the natural world around me, with the inspiration and collective energy of my diverse wanderings. I create with curiosity and awe in honor of life. 



Biography


Valerie Milner Graham is an American artist whose transcendent works on paper disrupts traditional approaches to printmaking. The seemingly opposing forces of tranquility and impermanence evident in her latest works reflect her history as an artist who grew up in New York City and later traveled and lived for periods throughoutNorth and South America. Valerie’s talent was first recognized at the age of 13when a color study was showcased in a juried exhibition. She was subsequently selected for placement in an advanced visual arts track in high school. Her early training under the guidance of skilled arts educators ignited a lifelonginterest in making and exhibiting art.  

In the 70’s she relocated to rural Montana where her artistic interests turned to the design and construction of a women’s fashion line which she sold through a collective gallery in Kalispell for several years. Her involvement in the collective eventually developedi nto a 20-year career of owning and operating successful galleries, first in the Northwest and later in the Southwest of the United States. She ran a successful framing business and art consultancy as well. Each location where she lived sparked an interest in the indigenous imagery and folklore of localIndian tribes that eventually informed her own work as an artist. Shebegan creating art fulltime in 2009, when she joined her husband in travelingand living in Louisiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile, and eventuallyTucson, Arizona. The changing times, locations and perspectives gained from aseries of diverse and intense cultural immersions brought on by traveling continue to inform the ever-evolving style of her artwork.

What emerges today in her art are explorations into the natural world from each of these locationsinfused with respective cultural and historical artifacts and mythic symbols.Her work spans a variety of visual mediums and sometimes combines them. She has a passion for printmaking focused on etchings, monoprints and the layering ofmixed media. She also paints in oil and watercolor. The threads of content fromnature and many cultures are woven together in colorful imagery that is both complexand soulful.


Alley Cat Studio in Tucson, Arizona is open for special events and by appointment.


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