Born and raised in the Midwest of the United States, Valerie Miller grew up surrounded by farms and animals. At an early age she developed a fascination with cattle that she carried with her through college while studying art at Bradley University and business at the University of Iowa.
Immersed in the urban landscape while in college, Valerie began painting cows void of their usual rural surroundings like she then found herself. Today her paintings isolate individual cows from the herd, showing the character of each cow against a vivid background with an absence of location
She visits cow fields across the country, naming each cow painting after her family, friends or people who have influenced her... She calls them "The Girls"