"While each of my works contains the inevitable sense of the personal, I believe that it is also important that they contain a social consciousness. I create images to provoke action, thought, commonality - often transcending the decorative, entertaining or "easy". Many of my images have demanding, disturbing or unsettling content - giving voice to anger, hurt and fear. I believe that by focusing on life's harsh realities, my work can be a force for unity, humanity and support in difficult times"
Patterson's award winning work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States in solos and group juried shows. Valerie has also been an art teacher for the past 25 years.
"Collapsed" is a part of Patterson's "Peril" series. www.valeriepatterson.com