"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

A few words about me!

Valerie Littlewood MA, BA Hons, Siad

I have been a working commercial artist, designer and lecturer for over 40 years, working in publishing, advertising, product design and teaching both in colleges and privately.

I find it hard to describe my work because it is ever changing. I am interested in many things but walking, seeing, writing and sketching are at the heart of what I do and where ideas and projects start. In my creative life I have been extremely lucky to be able to explore many aspects of art and design through practice and teaching, from illustration, book design, murals, fine decorative painting and gilding, ceramics, commercial product design, printmaking and more. I have worked in many different media and loved each and every one of them, each material brings with it its own intrinsic qualities, restrictions and possibilities. They are all fascinating.

....But there is still so much more to discover and learn. Three lives would not give me enough time to create, write, draw and paint all that is in my mind. I have merely scratched the surface of "creativity". It's a place of frustration and fulfilment in equal amounts but always seductive.

I regard every day as a source of new possibilities and try to take nothing for granted.