Born and raised in Queens, NY, Valerie received her B.F.A. in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Valerie began studying neon glass bending at Brooklyn Glass and then at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. Valerie has instructed and assisted neon glass bending at both Brooklyn Glass and UrbanGlass. She continues to show her work in both Los Angeles and New York City. Valerie currently lives and works in New York City.
Valerie's work has evolved from photography to video & sculpture, then creating fixtures as sculptures to illuminate photos, followed by the lighting of a simple space. Her work now is focused on studying the colors of neon.