Val lives in (Portage) Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Val studied anatomy for the artist in high school, and anatomy and physiology at Western Michigan University. Val did a set of 12 medical illustrations of leg muscles, as well as 35 illustrations of animal dissections which were published in textbooks and a medical journal, also used to teach med students. In 1988, Val did black and white illustrations of human anatomy, used to train Haitian Midwives at Hospital Albert Schweitzer, in Haiti, while she lived there for a year.
Val worked full-time as a medical transcriptionist 23 years in hospitals and Doctors' offices and took art commissions on the side. Val went to Bible College at Cornerstone University school in 1980's and then on to Haiti for a year as a short-term worker in 1988-89. After Val returned, she pursued art again, and worked in Doctors' Offices, again as a transcriptionist. Val attended Glen Oaks Community College summer program workshops several years. Val most recently was enrolled at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in 2012 (took Chinese calligraphy), and 2014, and took the mixed media drawing class.
Val has studied Spencerian penmanship since 2011, self-taught with 2 Michael Sull DVDs, and practices often. Val enjoys the medium of pen and ink a great deal. Val learned italic calligraphy in College at WMU from a professor from the U.K., Lindsay Rundles, and also does brush script italic. Val has been a vendor at the Three Rivers Farmers' Market since 2007, where she sells penmanship, one-stroke paintings, and schedules house portrait commissions. Val currently is attending KVCC (Kalamazoo Valley Community College) full-time in 2014 and pursuing a degree in Illustration, Lord willing, to be completed in 2016.