Valerie often used an illustrative style to produce works that were inspired by stories; particularly bible stories but also episodes from her own life. During a joint exhibition with family members she was encouraged to illustrate an influential childhood trek, fleeing from bombings in Burma through the foothills of the Himalayas into India accompanied by elephants. She remained deeply fond of elephants all her life and was always drawn to images and sculptures depicting them. These works follow the trek and are deliberately naive in feel to evoke the feelings of the nine year old child she was during this time.


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