For Valerie Coe, pure joy and contentment are found on the back of a horse. Horses embody strength, power, courage and kindness. They define the Western culture. Nothing absorbs or delights her so much as using her paintbrush to capture the animals, people and scenes of ranching communities.
For Valerie watercolor is a deeply satisfying medium. Its vibrancy, spontaneity and unpredictability challenge her every time she picks up a brush and puts paint to paper. It allows her the freedom to heighten colors and to enhance subjects, creating a new reality, which is so central to the joy of being an artist.
Valerie and her husband Ned raise Red Angus cattle and ride American Quarter Horses in their operation. Quarter Horses are fabulous partners and provide her with unending inspiration as an artist. To see more of her work, visit her website www.valeriecoe.com.