Valerie graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she majored in painting and drawing. She moved to China to study the Chinese language and Chinese painting. She received a certificate in Chinese painting in 1992. Her art career took her to Hong Kong where she trained with a British company and specialized in the art of mosaics. While in Hong Kong Valerie studied Asian culture and obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1999. Valerie has worked on projects in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, India, and the United States. She currently works in her studio located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.