Valerie Greeley RMS 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. Her inspiration comes from nature and in particular the flora and fauna found in the hedgerows and woodlands that surround her home.
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 through to 2018 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. She has also been a regular exhibitor with The Hilliard Society in their annual exhibition in Wells Town Hall.
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. In 2018 she was made a full member of the society (RMS). In 2018 she was awarded The Nicholas Hilliard Award by The Hilliard Society in Wells for her miniature painting "Moldywarp".
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.