Valerie's new challenge is painting in series. Paintings linked by a single theme, maybe philosophical or geographical or perhaps by colour palette.
This concept of working tests her ability to maintain a cohesive style across a number of related works and also requires that the artist develops a deeper relationship with the subject of the paintings in order to develop a "conversation" between the individual works such that the series as a whole represents more than the content of each single piece.
Her current series is concerned with painting humanity. Human beings reflecting attitudes or feelings, sometimes lone figures others in couples or groups. Not portraits but images of humanity extracted from their surroundings and based on images which she has cropped out of her own street scene photographs.