Nature somehow always manages to defy its own disasters with the quiet emergence of a bold yet fragile eﬄorescence. It is in this act that we ﬁnd glimpses of glory, a bold beauty that refuses to quit.
The ﬂowers you see in Emergence have been painted over the last year of my life. They have been birthed in a particularly diﬃcult chapter of my own experience. They almost forced their way out, I felt compelled to paint them. Flowers have been painted for centuries, symbolizing multiple things. For me: in darkness, unknowns and adversity, the act of painting color, light, and fragility was a necessary expression.
Valerie Lloyd paints with both acrylic and oil on canvas and wood panel. She enjoys depicting still lifes into modern and simpliﬁed images, creating abstract paintings, and occasional works in an illustrative style. All three styles are often inspired by personal spiritual and metaphorical exploration. Valerie has remained a creative throughout her life, whether it be in her own work at home, as an art teacher to students of all ages, or commissioned design projects. She has a Bachelors of Arts and Education from Colorado State University. She strives to always inspire those around her in their creative endeavors and truly believes in the power of art to transform culture.