Valerie Garrigan, a Mid-Coast Maine native, has been influenced by the arts her entire life. Coming from a family of artists, Valerie attended art classes as a child, winning a blue ribbon at the age of 10 for her Boats in the Harbor pastel; it wasn't until much later in life that she again focused on expressing herself through art. Having lived in Europe and New England, both rich in art heritage and museums, she committed to seriously studying oil painting (2012-2018) with her sister Angela Anderson, fostering her goal of developing relaxation time, while disengaging from the daily stressors associated with nursing (formal education: RN with a Master’s in Nursing). Valerie’s paintings can be described as simple, loose, somewhat impressionistic, with works depicting the local area of her family’s hometown of Port Clyde, Maine. Valerie has been showing her work regularly since 2015 in Mid-Coast Maine, and Southwest Florida, where she and her husband Mike winter. Valerie makes original oil paintings inspired by both locations, and also enjoys painting portraiture, still lifes, nature, and commissions.