Valerie Greeley grew up in Bury, Lancashire and studied art at Manchester School of Art, now know as Manchester Metropolitan University, where she gained a First Class BA Honours degree in textile design. She has lived and worked for most of her working life in the Staffordshire/Cheshire borders, an area of natural beauty and industrial heritage.
She is internationally know as a decorative artist whose intricate and very detailed style of illustration has become a defining feature. Her artwork has been featured on many products, including ceramics, printed textiles, stationery and children’s books.
Her inspiration comes from nature and in particular the flora and fauna found in the hedgerows and woodlands that surround her home.
Her design work has also been exhibited widely at various venues including the following trade fairs – Texprint at the Design Centre and The Courtauld Institute, London and Surtex, New York.
Her original watercolour illustrations are in private collections throughout the world and have been exhibited at the Chris Beetles Gallery London, “Illustrators” 1992 and 1995. Also Books Illustrated Ltd “The Art of Christmas” 2008 at The Air Gallery London. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she exhibited some of her watercolour miniatures at the Mall Gallery in London in The Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers annual exhibition. In 2016 she was made an Associate Member and won the Elizabeth Meek award and a Gold Bowl Honourable Mention for her miniatures.
Valerie has written/illustrated a number of books both for children and adults. They have been published by a wide range of international publishing companies including Blackie and Son Ltd., Harper Collins, Kingfisher, Penguin, Peter Bedrick, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Berghs, Annet Betz, Human and Rousseau, Meisinger, Flammarion, Siebert, Intervisual, Andrews and McMeel, World International, Thomas Nelson and Long Barn Books.
Many of her designs have been reproduced onto licensed products and has built up a licensing portfolio of over 700 images.
She co-founded Acornmoon Books with her husband and has recently published "White is the Moon", a picture book for children.
Her latest illustration projects have been with Long Barn Books, these include "Can it be true?" and "The Dream Quilt".
In 2016 she was made an Associate member (ARMS) of The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers and was awarded a Golden Bowl Honourable Mention and The Elizabeth Meek Award.