Valerie Thomson was raised in
  Northern Michigan. After completing
  Petoskey High School and studying
  with world renowned artist, Carol Wald
  she attended Kendall School of Design
  in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
  After her training, she worked as an
  illustrator and graphic designer in the
  Chicago Area and Dallas, Texas.
Awards & Achievements
Dallas Tops Award - Dallas, TX
First Place Fine Arts Award - Petoskey, Mi


1999 - 2008
Harbor Springs Art Show
Petoskey Art in the Park
  2006 & 2007
Later she found a desire to move back to Northern Michigan to raise her two girls and pursue Voted "Best of the Northwest Gallery."
her love of painting.   
  Cover of Northern Michigan Dining Guide
Inspired by the beauty of nature and the four seasons of the Michigan area, Photograph in Golf Weekly Magazine
Valerie began painting in oil with a palette knife.  Soon after, she was asked to Program Cover for Young Americans
be a featured artist at By the Bay Art Gallery in Harbor Springs.  In 1997 Valerie began  
showing her work at Porter’s Ralph Lauren Gallery in Harbor Springs and also at her Displays at the Inn of Bay Harbor &
waterfront studio in Bay Harbor.  Two years later she opened her own fine art gallery in Bay Harbor Golf Club
the Gaslight District of Petoskey.
Valerie's Favorite Charities;
Valerie's impressionism clearly displays the beauty of nature and conveys a feeling of peace and
Bay Harbor Foundation
serenity. Her work can be viewed at her gallery on Lake Street in Petoskey and in various private
Little Traverse Regional Historical Society
corporate collections.
Crooked Tree Arts Center
Christ Child Society
Petoskey High School
And many more...