Contemporary artist Valeri Cranston began her journey into art at the age of 7 in piano class. Bored with the lessons she began to draw on the sheet music. A call from the piano teacher to her mother soon got Valeri out of piano class and into an oil painting class. She immersed herself into all things art from that point forward.
Valeri graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. With an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences as well, she also worked in the healthcare profession with critically ill babies and children in Oklahoma then Texas. Throughout that time, she continued to work in graphic arts and developing her painting skills further.
Valeri has taught many art classes and done demonstrations for various artistic groups in the United States. She has been in many juried shows in the United States and Europe winning awards for her work.
Valeri’s work can be seen in galleries in the USA and Europe. She has always been a creative person with art and nature being her refuge and approaches her work with just a colour palette and no subject, working layer by layer for true spontaneity.
“My work is a culmination of almost 60 years of painting in all kinds of mediums and styles. After retiring, I moved back in to art full time and have found Abstract Expressionism to be the song I've always I've always wanted to sing.”