Valerie Alexander trained at the Fine Art Department, King's University, Newcastle on Tyne and at Birmingham College of Art. During her studies her work attracted a series of awards at both local and national level. In her final year she entered her first international competition and was awarded both first and second prize, which enabled her to study Art and Design in Italy on a travelling scholarship. After some years working as a freelance artist, she took up a full-time career in Art Education, teaching and lecturing in Secondary and Further Education posts in Buckinghamshire and then in Shropshire.
During this period, she continued to paint and sell her watercolours in her spare time, and to take on freelance design commissions; for twelve years, until 1989, she was also Publicity Designer for Ludlow Festival.
In 1995 she took early retirement from teaching in order to concentrate fully on her own painting. She works mostly in watercolour, sometimes in oil and pastel, to paint her own individual interpretation of the natural world, whether it be in the form of a landscape, or a floral composition.
She has twice received a "Highly Commended" in the professional section of the national painting competition run annually by The Patchings Art Centre, and her work has been put on their website. She received international publicity when she was a Finalist in a competition run by the "International Artist" magazine. As a result of this she was invited to contribute an article to the book; "How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Landscapes", published by the same magazine.
In 2008 she elected as a Member of the Society of Floral Artists and in 2011 elected as a Member of the RBSA. In 2013 she was elected as a Member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.