Valerie Walden developed her talent with inspiration and guidance from artists and instructors at the Austin Museum of Art, University of Texas, renowned plein air artists Scott Christensen of Idaho and Bob Rohm of Texas, and Leslie DeMille of the Scottsdale Artists School. She works primarily in pastels and oils. Her work draws heavily upon her interpretations and impressions of nature. She is a member of the Pastel Society, Southwest Pastel Society and Plein Air Austin. Nationally, she is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Degas Pastel Society and Oil Painters of America.