Valerie Lemme started dabbling in the arts at the age of 11 when she received her first oil art set for Christmas. Her parents were so impressed with her results that they brought her for art lessons with Hungarian art master Bella Somoza whose works were exhibited at Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Even then I think I was destined to be an illustrator when I did my homework assignments which were repetitive decorative work. I was using my window as a light table to trace them since that was more expedient than drawing the same thing 5 times from scratch!! “
Valerie attended both Parsons School of Design and Visual Arts, but really is self-taught in illustration. She lives in NJ with her husband and her yellow Labrador retriever.