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Valerie Leuchs has been creating art since childhood: sewing clothes with her mom, designing dresses, and painting just about everything.

Valerie graduated from Boston College with a degree in Fine Arts, and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and San Miguel de Allende, Mex. In 2002, she moved to New York City. For fifteen years, she enjoyed a successful career as a business development and sales executive across fashion, finance and marketing. After the birth of her second son, she rededicated herself to her art full-time, and has found renewed joy in creating through painting.

She lives with her family on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. She paints using acrylics and often integrates pencil and pastels onto the canvas. Her most recent work is abstract with bright colors and bold shapes. Valerie paints by adding many layers of sheer pigment onto the canvas; she likes when the first layer or raw canvas peeks through in the finished piece. Her work is cheerful but calming and balanced. Valerie draws inspiration from the things she sees over the day, like a bouquet of flowers, a print from a dress, or a pocket of colors from a page in Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar.